Do you want to show up as your best when you’re presenting?
But do you ever get on camera and suddenly feel like your authentic self is buried under a ball of nerves?
Or you feel like your audience hasn’t been as engaged and responsive as you hoped?
Having delivered thousands of presentations, each one getting more precise and clearer on what works and what doesn’t…
…I’ve discovered that there are 7 core mistakes that people make when it comes to presenting.
These little-known mistakes can make or break your presentations when it comes to getting engagement and building trust.
These are fatal, often undetected mistakes that people make in their presentations.
I’ll show you how to avoid them.
Instead of wondering why your presentations aren’t successfully engaging people.
Converting viewers into leads and clients…
…you’ll never have to worry about fumbling your words and not being able to communicate your value effectively.
What that means is that you’ll be able to show up confidently.
Relaxed and present, and use your presentations as a powerful client-converting asset.
What that ultimately means is that you’ll consistently have a waiting list of clients wanting to work with you.
In this video I share 7 big mistakes amateur presenters make.
You can check out the video here…
The 7 mistakes I’ve found amateurs make when presenting:
1 – Showing up with low confidence
Over the years I’ve discovered that there are 4 main fears that kill confidence.
- A fear of failure – getting it wrong, looking silly, looking incompetent
- A fear of rejection – that people won’t like what we say
- A fear of loss of security – feeling unsafe, uncertain, insecure
- A fear of criticism – The fear of what people think of us, a fear of judgment, which can stop us from sharing authentically what’s on our heart.
Most of us have at least one of those fears. All these fears can be total dream-killers!
These fears stop us from stepping up as the leader and the influencer we were born to be.
My biggest fear was fear of failure. Specifically, feeling incompetent. It held me back for years from presenting.
If we want to accelerate our business growth, the trust people have in you, and how fast you get clients, you need to show up confidently.
I want to help women to show up powerfully and confidently.
We need to do whatever it takes to build ourselves up.
2 – Focusing Too Much on Themselves
If you’re nervous, focus on service.
When you’re speaking to people, the more you think about yourself, the more you’ll feel fear because you’re thinking about looking good and avoiding looking bad
I believe we all have a message to bring forth and a mission to fulfill on this planet.
Focus on the change you can help someone make in their life.
One thing that really helped me, was when someone said to me – “every day that you are focusing on yourself, someone is suffering.”
Someone is actually struggling right now because they have a problem that you can help them solve.
You know enough to help someone solve a problem.
If you have a smartphone, you can get on there in an instant and help provide solutions for people.
It’s ok if not everyone resonates with what you say. It doesn’t matter – it’s about the people that can be helped.
Turn the focus away from yourself and onto focusing on the value you can offer people.
That’s how you grow your business.
3–Failing to use Influence skills
Influence skills are essential if we want to help people have a breakthrough and improve their life.
The reason I have such a strong conviction around influence is that others went all in on their conviction. They influenced me to invest in education which gave me freedom.
When I was broke and struggling, people showed what’s possible for me and didn’t give up on me having a breakthrough.
It gave me my freedom.
Other people going ALL IN on their convictions to help me imparted to me a conviction and life has never been the same again
I will not give up on you because you matter. No one deserves to suffer. I don’t want anyone to be crippled by confusion.
When others ask me if I did all I could to help them, I can say YES.
I’ll do whatever I can to influence them elegantly. Not in a convincing or pushy way, but in a way that they can have a breakthrough.
4 – Not Valuing Their Expertise Enough
Remember to prize Yourself
You’re not a charity. You’re an expert in your field and you deserve to show up worthy of that.
We need to value the money and time we’ve invested in our craft and skills.
So many people get stuck in comparison.
You need to value your skills and knowledge.
A lot of you have unconscious competence and you forget how valuable your stories and experiences are.
You are the prize!
5 – Underwhelming or overwhelming
Underwhelming is boring and fluffy.
Overwhelming is jam-packing so much in that people can’t absorb it or take action on it.
When you get this right in the sweetspot – it’s valuable.
Value is what gets someone to take an action.
Value also means spending time practicing, thinking through what is going to be really useful for people.
Value is not squeezing as much content as humanly possible.
Amateurs try and teach everything they know.
Professionals leave voids to create in the audience a hunger for more.
I once heard someone say that if you squeeze in the content, you squeeze the audience out!
6 – Being Unprofessional
We all know that we need to be professional, but what does that look like?
Being professional means:
- Having a nice quiet environment and making sure your audio is good and clear with no background noise
- Making sure that you’ve got a good lighting system
- Setting your computer or tablet up at eye level
- Making sure you start on time
- Ensuring you have nice professional PowerPoints, if you’re using slides
- Practicing your talk before you deliver it
All of this is part of being professional.
This doesn’t mean you can’t be personable though. It really helps to add humour and your personality and flavour.
Professionalism is not perfectionism. It’s about giving the most value while still being yourself.
7 – Speaking Without Structure
People want organised knowledge.
You don’t want to just give people a whole heap of content or information and leave people to figure out what to do.
You want to make it digestible and palatable for them, by breaking it down into steps or pillars.
The best speakers in the world have organised the information into a structure.
If you think that they’re just winging it and speaking intuitively, believe me – they’re not.
People have a fear that structure is boring and restrictive.
Talking so that YOU enjoy it? Or the audience enjoys it?
That’s why I use frameworks. It allows you to put your superpower in – your message.
3 reasons why structure is so important:
1. People actually get the message
2. People start using your words
3. People sign up
Structure helps you to amplify your influence
The world isn’t looking for perfect presenters. Imperfect presenters can still make a significant impact. This is why I’m dedicated to helping women to become great presenters.
If you want to move people with your message, create real change and grow a truly influential business.
Presenting is such an important skill set to add to your business.
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