If the very idea of public speaking triggers stage fright, you're not alone. But presenting can be vital for meetings, promotions and pitching for business.
This is certainly the case for Global Visionary Lucy Buck who frequently needs to share the story of her project Child's i Foundation at various events. "The last presentation I did was a fantastic opportunity but I felt like I was so passionate I lacked structure," she told us.
Enter Michael Trigg – aka the Presentation Maestro – who teaches effective communication to a diverse range of clients, from corporate board level to charities and NGOs. After hearing about Lucy and her project, he very kindly agreed to help.
After watching a video of Lucy in action, Michael agreed with her assessment: "Her passion and enthusiasm are absolutely without doubt. But it was almost all passion and no structure… And she was falling into some typical traps that can leach your authority away and actually lower your credibility."
"It ain't what you say, but the way you say it…"
According to Michael, most people spend too long agonising over writing their presentation but don't think about their delivery. And first impressions make the biggest impact.
Lucy was already good at varying her pace and tone and making eye contact, but Michael had some tips on her body language, such as her stance and where to rest her hands - things which make an impression and can become an issue with nerves.