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Impress during a presentation

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If you hate public speaking, you feel just as anxious speaking in front of a few people on your team as you would speaking to an auditorium full of people. Business coach Neil Nutburn offers these tips for overcoming your nerves so that you can wow during your next presentation:

•  Sketch out your presentation. Write down the entire dialogue, including objections and questions you can expect. Then rehearse the whole presentation out loud.

•  Tell a story. Stats, data and facts are necessary, but open your presentation with an anecdote that emphasizes the point of the presentation. For example, if you are proposing changes to a process, describe a real situation that supports your point.

•  Don’t pace. Instead, stand to one side when you are delivering a message, and move to the other side of the room or stage when you are asking a question.

•  Use your voice appropriately. Elevate your volume and quicken your delivery when you want to get a point across. That grabs people’s attention. When you need to share facts and figures, slow down and lower your voice so that people really focus on what you are saying.  

— Adapted from “Business Coach Neil Nut­­burn on How to Succeed With That All-important Presentation,”

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