One common public speaking situation that our clients ask us for help with is giving a presentation to the board. Not every board is the same and some are more formal than others. Some want you to come in, stand at the front and present (more likely a board with a preference for Results and Information Presenter Personality Styles) and others ask you to sit down and “chat” through your proposals (more likely dominance in Sociable or Caring styles). Either way, don’t be fooled you still need to prepare your presentation and be ready for anything.
Presenting to this group of people seems to fill many people with fear and countless nights lost sleep prior to the event. This is often because the board is perceived to be more senior, more powerful and more knowledgeable than the speaker so it’s considered a high-pressure presentation. But if you approach the board presentation feeling ‘nervous’ it will send you on a Downward Spiral of decreasing performance. (We suggest to our clients they don’t even use the label ‘nervous’ see why here!) Instead, you want to remain calm, confident and focussed in front of the board. To do that we work with clients to improve their mindset and get in tune with those “Public Speaking Monkeys” – the negative internal voices that put doubts in our mind about our presenting abilities. Many of our clients have a ‘you’re not good enough’ monkey when they think about presenting to the board. It’s good to remember that the board are there to listen to the information you present – not to compare themselves to you and if that doesn’t work then find out more about growing your gravitas and confidence and “Taming Your Public Speaking Monkeys” in my book of the same name.
To help you feel more confident when presenting to the board here are the most common mistakes we see people make and how to avoid them.
Too much detail
Not seeing the inter-relationships
Not anticipating the questions from the board.
Simply Amazing Training offers professional presentation skills courses and public speaking coaching for directors, management training, marketing and sales teams of corporate companies around London, Leicestershire, Kent, Basingstoke, Bournemouth and St Albans. Call us today on 0330 223 4392 for an informal chat to discuss your bespoke presentation skills training requirements.