George Jessel said, “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”
Indeed, the beginning of the presentation is the point when you’re most nervous. To deal with those initial nerves, we tell our clients to practice that part of the presentation more than any other part. Once you get through the beginning, usually you’re going to be fine.
That’s just one of many tactics we teach at Speechworks. Our programs focus primarily on two areas:
- How to organize a message that is simple and focuses on audience needs. Speechworks teaches a simple Formula for focusing on listener needs. We believe that if you have strong content, you will be more confident when you get up to speak.
- How to deliver the message in a style that connects with the listeners. We focus on eye contact and energy in your body, voice, and face. Our coaches will give you private feedback on where you most need to improve.
Keeping your brain from shutting down during a presentation is not hard. It just takes a little coaching and some practice. That’s what we give our clients at Speechworks.
Joey Asher has worked with thousands of business people helping them learn how to communicate in a way that connects with clients. His new book 15 Minutes Including Q&A: a Plan to Save the World from Lousy Presentations” is available now. He is also the author three previous books including “How to Win a Pitch: The Five Fundamentals That Will Distinguish You from the Competition”, “Selling and Communication Skills for Lawyers” and “Even A Geek Can Speak.”