You may want to save this! A good presentation will help you build visibility, trust, and eventually turn your audience into clients, voters, or land you that promotion.
Here are some tips to ace your speech:
1. Go in with the right mindset. Confidence equates to certainty in the minds of others, and people pay for certainty.
2. Stay out of monotone. If you use a monotone voice, people will be checking their emails under the tables instead of listening to you.
3. Practice your speech beforehand.
4. Know your material well enough to be able to look down at your notes, pull a few keywords and be able to talk about them. This requires that you practice your speech.
5. Make eye contact. It draws the audience in. But don't hold any one person hostage with the eyes. They'll start avoiding your gaze.
The points listed above are just a few of MANY. But if you only had time to choose a few, this list is a great start.
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It’s hard to behave in an authentic way if you don’t know what you value and desire. At its root, authenticity requires self-awareness and self-knowledge, and accepting your strengths and weaknesses.
Acceptance isn’t always easy, but it’s what we strive for. Authenticity is the basis of executive presence. Trust your intuition. Choose things that move you closer to your values. Notice when you’re being inauthentic.
Research shows that authentic people feel better. They’re more resilient and less likely to turn to self-destructive habits. Authenticity develops trust, credibility, and confidence with the people you interact with.
Authenticity can feel scary and vulnerable, but it also builds intimacy. Be purposeful in your choices. If you’re finding yourself feeling fragmented, bored, unhappy, or uninspired, it could be that you aren’t acting authentically. Creating space for self-awareness is ever-evolving.
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Ahhh, the podium. Thinking you can hide behind a podium is making a big mistake.
Using a podium does have several advantages. It can feel like a life preserver when you're in the deep end of a pool. The podium grounds you by giving you something solid to touch. With that said, I recommend that you stand to one side of it whenever possible.
1. Standing beside it removes some of the formality of the interview.
2. When you're parallel to the podium, you're closer to the judges. This makes the interview seem more intimate.
3. Stand on the far side of the podium. This gives the judges more time to see you walk, and being further away from the door will make you appear more at ease.
Still want to use that podium? I have tips on how to use it effectively! Want to work with me? Email me at [email protected] and I'll tell you about the scholarships I have available for pageant contestants.
"When you stand on the stage, you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen." – Stella Adler, actress.
I love this quote! Because when you can demonstrate this level of poise and confidence during your on-stage question, judges take notice.
Despite your answer, it should be conversational, and it should not be rushed. And whatever you do, don't use a monotone voice. It's natural to be nervous, and that alone will make you want to be monotone.
Pro Tip: rather than giving a predictable answer, show your confidence and poise by being expressive and animated. Get them to notice you for all the right reasons.
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The times I thrived the most were because of the mentors and leaders guiding me. They lived the lifestyle I wanted, they had the amazing relationships I wanted, and they practiced what they preached.
Do you love and appreciate those you associate with daily? Too many people hate what they do, they hate their job, and aren't too crazy about their co-workers. Girl, life is too short to have toxic people around you.
I help people get results when they want to make a greater impact in their careers and on the people around them - I answer their questions, I give them research-backed strategies, give them feedback, and share my own personal journey. I absolutely love what I do.
Who are YOUR mentors? If you don't have one, reach out to someone you trust for their advice. No one reaches success alone.