expert

What is an expert?

We were recently working with a presentation skills client in Bournemouth to ‘Tame his Public Speaking Monkeys and help increase his confidence when presenting.

He is very knowledgeable in his field and wanted to be known as an expert but had ‘monkeys’ telling him he wasn’t good enough.

So, when we had ‘Tamed his Public Speaking Monkeys’ we discussed what could he do as a presenter to increase his personal impact, and clearly show the audience he is an expert in his field. What might influence their thinking?

Be confident to be contentious – an expert will invite debate and enjoy being challenged. This evolves, and you will become known as a thought leader with the ability to influence.

Have a clear structure – focus on what the audience wants from the presentation and show a real understanding of their world – the challenges, opportunities, etc.

Use language appropriate for the audience – explain things in a way the audience will understand and is relevant to them. Don’t overwhelm them with the complexity they don’t need to know – it will confuse them not to impress them! A real expert can make difficult things clear.

Include active participation – maybe short exercises or tasks within the presentation. Use techniques like tag questions to invite participation – you know what one of those is, don’t you? This will help people learn, understand and retain information better.

Invite questions and thoughts throughout the session – this gives an opportunity to answer competently and demonstrate expertise. Give examples from your experience where you can to increase your credibility.

Show your passion for your subject – speak slowly and clearly but don’t be afraid to put energy and enthusiasm into your voice.

Maybe you have a conference speech to deliver, or will be a keynote speaker at an event or part of an expert panel? If you would like to learn more about these techniques and how ‘Taming your Public Speaking Monkeys’ will help you build your confidence as a presenter in your field, we offer training in Bournemouth and Southampton. If you would like to find out more please call us today.

Dee Clayton

Posted by Dee Clayton on 21 Mar 2018

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