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The reason why I love my job…

For the first time in the 11 years that I give training in presentation skills I got all emotional yesterday… I had a workshop for 11 people. One of the participants, Paul, didn’t like to present at all and that showed in his first exercise. He did not look at the audience at all though focussed on the ground, and he had this nervous twitch around his eyes. Although during this first exercise I could tell that in fact he is a great storyteller. Before the second exercise I had explained the importance to connect with the audience and how to do that. That second exercise was all about introducing your topic for which they had received my presentation model. Paul waited very long to do his exercise but when he came on stage….it was amazing. He actually looked at the audience and I couldn’t have done the introduction better myself (I told you he was a storyteller and that really works…). When his exercise was nearly finished I could feel tears in my eyes as I was so happy for him which made me happy. Thank you Paul…

Connect with the Audience

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Often people get very nervous in front of an audience and forget what a natural eye contact is. They either look very quickly at the audience or they try to see the audience as ‘one big eye’ and try to look at everyone at the same time. Or they just forget all together that there is an audience and feel better looking everywhere but the audience. Above you find some great advice what to do. Lee Glickstein had a problem with stage fright when he did his first presentations and he discovered that when you look at people in a one on one relationship, it gets so much easier. And he is right. If you have a small audience, just look at everyone as if they are your friends. And you really look at them and really talk to them !