Active Mental Conditioning
Mental conditioning consists of two stages: the takes place before a presentation, and the second one lasts during the speech.
The first stage influences the further flow of a presentation significantly, though the confidence during the speech also matters, as it may blow hot and cold too.
To help presenters deal with the problem, specialists have developed active mental conditioning techniques serving to prevent speakers from stress.
The reasons of stress during a presentation can be different:
Passive mental conditioning techniques will help presenters maintain a certain level of confidence during presentations and achieve their objectives.
Even when a speaker feels confident before the presentation, the fear might come back in a moment of his entrance. Several tricks can help to deal with this problem.
The number one trick is pronouncing affirmations with encouraging context. Phrases such as “I love my audience, and they love me”, “Everyone is waiting for my presentation”, “I can make people interested in my speech”, and others of this kind can help.
The second way to overcome the fear of public speaking is accepting it. You are a human, after all; so, you have the right to scare. If you accept this fact, it will be easier to deal with anxiety. What is more, admit your fear in public: by that, you shall hold harmless from yourselves halfway. However, don’t practice this trick too often, as the audience will hardly accept such an excuse all the time. Admitting your fear in public works only if it’s your first public presentation.
The awkward but yet effective way to overcome fear is to imagine your audience fluffy bunnies, not serious businessmen. The trick of thinking about something positive works well, too.
The above tips are perfect for experienced speakers who don’t feel psych-outs during presentations. But if you are the one with panic-driven fear, you can use any of active mental conditioning techniques to maintain confidence during your presentation.
What are they?
Active Mental Conditioning Techniques
Find a couple of benevolent listeners. Try addressing your words to these people in the beginning of a presentation. Later, you can appeal to the overall audience, speaking to your well-wishing listeners from time to time. Their positive emotional feedback will motivate you to continue.
Be a well-wishing speaker. According to a reciprocity principle, it will make the audience friendlier.
Speak with a confident voice. Try memorizing the voice you’re using in comfortable situations when you feel 100% confident. Speaking this voice during a presentation will make you more confident.
Apply a body language and walk around the stage during your presentation. The more you are open physically, the more you’ll be open mentally.
Keep an eye contact with your audience. Your words will sound more persuasive, and you’ll get a better feedback.
Focus on the idea rather than appearance. A 100% goal-oriented person will devote all attention and efforts to put ideas into words, provide vivid samples, and persuade his audience. By going out of his way, a presenter will deliver better content, as well as create an impression of being confident.
These are easy-to-apply techniques for every reporter to keep in mind while preparing and delivering presentations. Also, it’s significant to know and follow some tips on acting in unexpected and specific situations.