The day I fell off the podium while presenting…

My mate Dave Algeo, Stressed Guru, recorded an informal chat/interview in a cafe recently, starting off with an embarrassing question about when it didn’t go quite right…

Caution: although the language isn’t particularly, this was an informal chat, recorded in a cafe….
There’s a lot of useful stuff here, but when I listened back to the recording, the highlights for me were:

  • to distance the presentation itself from the impact of the presentation – I don’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of how much your presentation matters (hell, if it doesn’t matter, why are you doing it?!) but you can’t let yourself get hooked up in that. You need to be ‘in the room’, not worrying about what’s going to happen after you leave the room.  If you get the former right, the latter will take care of itself.
  • humour can be remarkably effective at getting your audience on your side!
  • audiences are generally on your side in the first place… even if they don’t want to be there it’s rare they actually want to see you screw up! And let’s face it, anyone who wants to see you screw up isn’t worth your time worrying about in the first place.

So what stood out for you in that chat?

As an aside...
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Simon is one of the UK's most highly regarded presentation skills trainers and professional speakers in the fields of presenting, confidence and emotional resilience.