We all know how much work goes into launching, running and maintaining a business. We also know how frightened people can be of delivering presentations. However, bring presentations and business together and you have a match made in heaven.
I’m a huge fan of presentations. When we’re feeling a little under the weather or need a vitamin boost, some of us head for supplements and natural remedies to give us that little pick-me-up. I like to look at public speaking as a natural pick-me-up that can do wonders for so many parts of our lives. Implementing them into your life and business can do so much for you, your health and your business. I’ve proven this many times – not only for myself but also for my clients. I’ve seen confidence levels rise and businesses transform through this one simple skill.
Yes, we all know that public speaking is often deemed as the worlds number one fear. This is understandable; all eyes are on you, you’re the only one doing something different, everyone is taking in everything you say and everything you do, or equally, just as scary, no one is paying attention to you!
If you fear public speaking, knowing the benefits of delivering presentations will hopefully persuade you to overcome your fear and face a few audiences. Let’s put the fear of public speaking to one side for the moment.
In this article, I share seven reasons why public speaking is good for you, your business and your health. Yes, really!
Delivering a presentation can really be enjoyable – honest
If you plan ahead, prepare yourself for the task and prepare your presentation well, you can actually create a presentation that’s fun to deliver and watch. Many people who fear public speaking have looked back and thought ‘that was fun’ and went on to deliver more, improved presentations.
Presentations open doors
The fact is presentations can open doors to new and various opportunities – ones you couldn’t attain otherwise. You never know who is in the audience and what opportunity they could approach you with. Just imagine – someone offers you an opportunity you simply can’t turn down – all because of one presentation.
Connect with people
Presentations offer and require the opportunity to connect with people. This is useful for building rapport, networking, building credibility and visibility. The ability to connect with people and your audience is a very important part of your presentation and it’s one skill we should master.
Do you enjoy repeating yourself? I don’t. (Although, as a parent, I’m forced to but that’s an entirely different topic.) By delivering presentations, you deliver a message once to a group of people and invite them to take action at the end. Through presentations, you leverage your time and in turn, make a bigger impact, create more sales and reach more people – all in one go.
Become an authority
Through speaking you become an expert in your field. If someone is willing to speak in front of a group of people and deliver a message, they will automatically gain an expert voice. When people see you standing up in front of an audience and speaking, you will become the go-to person for your topic in question and this can result in more opportunities.
Stand out from the competition
Your competition is limited. It all boils down to fear. How many people do you know who are super confident in doing a live video or delivering a presentation? I bet not many! I know many people who are great at what they do but won’t present. If you work on your presentation skills, you can really stand out in your field.
The unique buzz
My most favourite reason is this: the type and level of confidence you gain from delivering a presentation is unique. The buzz you get from getting off the stage, that feeling of achievement and ‘WOW! I did it’ is second to none. It’s a sudden rush of dopamine and dopamine is responsible for transmitting signals in between the nerve cells of the brain and these nerve cells are activated when something good happens. Who doesn’t want more of that?
There you have it – seven reasons as to why public speaking is good for you! The end of the year is fast approaching which means millions of people are thinking about their new year resolutions. If it’s not a part of your life now, I highly recommend that you add public speaking to your new years resolution list. If fear is an issue, face it and work on it – it can do wondrous things for your achievements, career and self-development
Hanieh Vidmar is a speaker, trainer and former TV Presenter. She’s delivered pitches on behalf of other companies, won contracts and raised over £1m in funds. Her goal is to help as many people overcome their fears of public speaking so they can achieve bigger and better goals with confidence.
Download Hanieh’s free article “How to Design a Presentation in 60 Minutes or Less”
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