DON'T IMAGINE THAT YOUR AUDIENCE ARE NAKED - IMAGINE THE OPPOSITE
May 4, 2016
EMERGENCY CONFIDENCE ON REQUEST: PART 1
June 15, 2016
Almost everyone you meet will tell you that they would like to be confident and communicate with impact, whether during presentations, job interviews or regular interactions with other people. Developing core self-esteem is a long process that requires consistency and self-discipline. However, there are ways we can help ourselves in the most challenging situations and boost our confidence just a little to help us get the desired result.
Let's say you are scheduled to attend a meeting that could potentially lead to an amazing opportunity. What can you do to make sure that you're at your best? Here is a list of things you can do the day before.
Fill the bucket
It's easy to get overwhelmed. You probably have a lot of knowledge you want to share during the meeting. A meeting, during which you have to sell yourself, your product or service, is not the place to flood your interlocutor with too much information or you will get the opposite result. Instead focus on 3 to 6 key points that you want to get across during the meeting and structure the information you want to share around those key points. Your client or prospective employer is only interested in the information he needs or wants to know.
Visualisation is a technique used by sports and life coaches. It is based on the premise that the brain cannot differentiate between your thoughts and reality. That's why when we are afraid of something it all feels so real even though in reality no threat exists. Take time to relax and imagine yourself acing that meeting. Imagine what you will look like, what you will see and hear. Imagine what you will be saying and how the other person will respond. Try to imagine every detail and see what it will be like when everything goes well. Apart from feeling more positive about the meeting or presentation, you will also feel as though you had done it before so the whole thing will be much less intimidating.
Preparation is an important aspect of every endeavour. Make sure you have prepared all the necessary information and rehearse in front of your partner, friend, your dog or the mirror. You can also rehearse while you're doing something else, e.g. tidying up. Some actors use this technique when they learn their lines. They say that if you can deliver the lines when you are being distracted by doing something else, you will definitely be able to deliver them when you're under pressure to perform.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in which we will share what you can do just before the meeting to feel more confident!