That feeling of dread just before standing up to give a 60 second presentation is not great is it!
I remember back to the day in 1999 when I attended my very first networking event. I was nervous as anything and couldn’t eat a sausage that morning and not even at the event. Nobody warned me that I had to stand and give a presentation for 60 seconds. I had no idea what to say. All I remember was that what came out of my mouth was a muddle and I just wanted to run for the hills!!
Today I am an accomplished networker. I co-founded a Staffordshire networking group with 7 groups and 20 members in each and I was responsilble for training the members in networking success. I witnessed some amazing opportunities created. A far cry from my first networking event I can tell you. In fact from my networking, I have generated some amazing strategic alliances, created some brilliant connections and boosted my business. In fact I have been called the most connected business woman by a number of highly respected business people.
However, I have to say to you that, if you want to thrive from your own networking then you have to ensure you avoid the 6 common mistakes VAs make. I am going to share these with you over the next three weeks…so enjoy!
Your 60 Seconds
Do you notice that just before your turn to stand up and do your 60-second pitch or your ten minute presentation, your heart starts to beat faster, you feel a churning in your gut, you suddenly forget what you had planned to say.
Then you stand up and notice how you are shaking, you feel conscious of everyone staring at you, you jumble up your words and mumble…oh damn you feel you’ve made a mess of it all and now have to wait until the next meeting to get it right …. but …. next time comes around and all you think about is the terrible experience of the last meeting …. oh what to do!!!!
Here is Tip Number 1 – let’s tackle those nerves of yours first
- Actually being a little nervous is a GOOD thing believe it or not as having them allows a peak performance. I speak at a lot of large conferences each year and I am always a little nervous beforehand, yet I find this helps me to give the best presentation.
- However, the key is in the control of your nerves and feeling confident. How do you do that? Visualisation.
- If all you tell yourself is that you are nervous and then imagine yourself standing there a bag of nerves, then guess what…you will experience that…you are what you think.
- By visualising yourself as a confident person, giving a sound presentation, imagining feeling calm and relaxed and even visualising people looking at you with keen interest whilst you are standing there thoroughly enjoying the presentation – then guess what again…you will experience that!!
- Remember that much of the nerves (controlled) will be on the inside. I bet people have told you that you appeared very confident and you respond with surprise…well, if you take the first three letters of confidence you have ‘con’, it is easy to con your audience! The visualisation is what will help con your subconscious mind.
- Remember that whatever you tell yourself often enough you will become true, change the way you think, act, behave as if you were the person you want to appear to be.
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