When I learned to ski as an adult I felt physically sick even getting in the lift to the slopes. I also had my one and only cigarette on a ski slope when I just couldn’t move for fear. And this all happened on my honeymoon!
So, when it comes to presentation nerves, I totally get it and
I have constantly hunted down strategies that can make a big difference. For many people, presenting is not as bad as
my skiing experience. In fact, very often, they are great presenters with
tremendous executive presence. But the impact
nerves make on their energy and time is just not acceptable. Life really is too short and work too busy.
If you’d like to be coached on how to take back control of those nerves and save time and angst, do give me a ring. There will be a solution that suits you. (And by the way, I now tackle off-piste ski runs using many of these same strategies!)
See below for some quick tips to try now. Coaching will help you create a routine and a mindset that you can use every time to get you through.
- Divert the pain – put small pieces of
grit in the front of your shoes and squeeze your toes when you walk up to
present. This will divert your attention
and keep your weight moving forward.
- Divert the thinking – how else could you
see this? Is your CEO more under pressure than you are? Are you really there to help – so get over
yourself, it’s not about you? (my personal favourite). Are you even sure what is really winding you
up – write it down and ask if that is really true or how true it is and what is your
- Bore yourself senseless – practice in a
boring voice out loud on a bed in front of the mirror, talking to objects
around the room. Do it a few times.
- Make it easy and just a bit boring – ask
yourself what is easy for you, before the nerves kick in, then practice in
situations which are easy or just a tad more difficult.
- Don’t Give A ****! Just make a decision to do it and not
care. Go in pretending to yourself that you’ve
already got a top new job or won a million dollars. You’ve nothing to lose.
KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class communicator and leader. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: Time to Think™ coaching, executive presence, presenting and storytelling, tricky conversations, resilience and communicating purpose. “
Innovation is the life-blood of organisational survival. We need the big break-throughs and we need the small brilliant solutions to day to day problems. Innovation comes from surprising places.
So why don’t we take the time to think brilliantly and independently? Why do quiet experts find it hard to be heard in meetings? Why do people listen to interrupt rather than to understand? Why are meetings a competitive sport? Why do managers rush to give solutions rather than encourage us to think for ourselves? All these common behaviours waste talent, potential and money.
If you can create & use a Thinking Environment™ and encourage independent thinking you will save time and dramatically improve both your innovation potential and levels of team engagement. It will also help you talk to your loved ones!
We are running our first open programme in January teaching leaders & managers how to build these skills. If you’d like to know more about this, give me a ring on firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can also read the seminal book on this topic by Nancy Kline called More Time To Think.
KineticFuture can coach you to be a world-class communicator and leader. Coaching 1-2-1 and in groups. Clients include Abbvie, Amgen, Gilead, GSK, Novartis, Mars, Pladis, WPP and Barclays. We have six main areas of work: Time to Think™ coaching, executive presence, presenting and storytelling, tricky conversations, resilience and communicating purpose.
Watch the Netflix documentary ‘Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates’ It’s fascinating! In the episode below, Melinda Gates says
“When Bill stills himself, he can pull together ideas others can’t see”.
It also reveals that even when CEO of Microsoft, Bill took thinking weeks to innovate.
My experience as A Time To Think™ coach is that everyone can think brilliantly and independently. It is quite amazing to see someone’s brain in action; when we give ourselves the opportunity to think in a Thinking Environment. Imagine what you could think, be, or do if you had some Time to Think coaching. Give me a buzz if you’d like to explore this with me. You deserve it.
And enjoy the series! Here’s a link to the promo video.
Can your team lead key meetings without you? They have the technical expertise but well… ‘they are not you’. Sadly, your bosses, clients and other key stakeholders recognise that they lack the confidence, gravitas and executive presence. The impact of having to be in each meeting on on your time and your team’s development is huge.
We coach Executive Presence. It really is the missing link between merit and success. We base our KineticFuture approach on solid global research and use theatre skills, real simulations, psychology and practice to ensure each person in the group can find their own authentic way forward. Contact us if you’d like to know about our group courses and one to one coaching.
It’s highly skilful coaching work but you can help your team
right now with some quick tips and hints below. It’s worth it.
Quick Tips for Executive Presence, Confidence &
- Just do it – get them leading meetings
without you. They will survive and grow with a bit of guidance. It’s worth the
- Super prepare – some of your team will
back off the prep because they are scared, others will spend too much time on
the wrong things. Give them guidance on what to prepare and ensure they are
clear on objectives, key messages and proof points. Can they answer the tough
questions succinctly? Rehearse them through it.
- Physicality – they can make a huge
difference just by rehearsing their physicality in a room. Ask them to walk in,
sit down and start to explain the topic. Coach them to sit tall, open arms on
the table, make good eye contact and stop any fiddling. Then maintain it come
what may. Ask them too where they plan to sit – in easy eye-line of the key
decision maker will help.
If you’re on camera tomorrow and not happy, here’s one powerful tip that that will help you loosen up. Practice and play with it. The most important point is to remember it’s not about being perfect; it’s about being real and just having a conversation. That’s what the audience want.
Our coaching for camera course will help you find your own style, build your executive presence and work out how you can prep quickly. You’ll find your preferred style, how to tell your story effectively and learn to almost enjoy the camera. You need more than technical camera tips to be your most relaxed self. It’ll help you for Skype and for your Town Halls too. You’ll work with our film directors, voice coaches and communications specialists.
Click on the link below to find out more.
You can have strong executive presence and impact in meetings and presentations. It just takes some work and a coach who can tap into your potential. You can do it! Give us a call and we’ll coach you how. Find out more about our courses here.