You have spent years honing your skills and knowledge—you are an expert. When you need to share this expertise with an audience, whether it’s made up of your peers, potential customers, or lay people, the ability to communicate your ideas clearly and credibly is essential. Unfortunately, for many people nervousness about presenting, along with a number of bad habits can undermine their perception as credible experts. It’s very common for people to feel anxious when presenting. In fact, studies show that anxiety about presenting is their number one fear. As if this challenge isn’t tough enough, it’s been well established that women must contend with an even higher hurdle to be perceived as credible.
The good news is that there are simple tips and techniques to manage one’s fear of presenting and for replacing your bad habits with good ones. You will also learn how to use non-verbal communication—your body language and voice— to influence your audience. Even better news is that you can use these tips and techniques to improve your presentations immediately.