I went to an interesting session run by the London Business Forum recently on presentation skills. The usual statistic was produced in terms of making a public presentation being the number one fear of people – even more than dying. 42% said this was the number one fear versus only 28% for dying.
It crossed my mind that whilst making the presentation is hugely stressful for most people, there may be another factor at work here. In making the presentation you can actually prepare and practice. What you can’t anticipate are the questions you will get and will you be able to respond effectively to those. As usual the fear of the “unknown” is a huge factor.
Being able to deal with unknown challenges clearly and concisely is an essential skill. If your response also has impact this is an additional bonus. The training course Think on Your Feet™ deals with precisely this situation. It gives you practical models to clarify questions people ask and then respond to them with clear concise answers. Because these models are based on patterns the brain likes, the listener finds them easy to absorb and remember.
A bonus is that these models can also help to structure your presentation much more effectively in the first place!
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