We all have a Presentation Super Power – what is yours?
When you think of ‘super powers,’ what comes to your mind? You might start picturing a tall hero in a cape flying around the city, defeating bad guys. You might also feel like super powers aren’t something that you can ever have because you’re not a superhero. Well, what if I told you that every single human has a presentation super power? You might disagree with me, but I bet I can change your mind. Keep reading to see how one of our team members can help you identify your unique presentation powers!
What are Presentation Super Powers?
Picture this: you’ve stepped up to the front of the room, and you’re about to start presenting. You’re going to present to some incredibly influential people. You feel a little nervous, but you’re also confident you can get your point across. The confidence wins, and you deliver a clear, concise and winning presentation that leaves your audience impressed. You might have read this and thought, ‘being nervous doesn’t seem like a superpower,’ but here’s where I respectfully disagree. In fact, being nervous and then using confidence to pull off a great presentation is the definition of a super power! See what I did there?
Confident body language is a stellar presentation super power! And it’s one of many others, some of which you may not even know you have.
Let’s talk about another one: letting your past successes do the talking. Everyone knows that successful people struggle a lot to get to where they are. When successful people present, they make sure that their audience can follow their journey to success and therefore be able to relate to them. They make their presence known while also connecting with the audience in a meaningful way.
Simon Sinek says “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” TED Talk How Great
Leaders Inspire Action.
That’s how great presenters use their superpowers of storytelling and positive self-image to captivate the room! And you can harness your super powers to follow suit.
Now I’d like to ask you two questions:
- Does your heart rate go up when you think about public speaking or presenting in front of other humans?
- When you have casual conversations, do you feel confident, or do you question your ability to communicate information coherently?
If you answered yes to either, or both, welcome to the club! As humans, we tend to feel incredibly nervous when we’re asked to communicate ideas to a lot of people. And that’s okay. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have presentation skills. A lot of successful executives still feel that way, but they use the skills they have and then build on the ones that need improvement.
The trick is to identify your presentation super powers and then figure out which skills you need to work on to up your presentation game.
The Only List You Need
Now let’s talk about Presentation Super Powers. I guarantee you possess one or more of these super powers. Please review the list below and make a note of the category/categories that resonate with you:
- Strong voice
- Clear voice
- Confident body language
- Positive self-image
- Past speaking success
- Voice Tone
- Speaking pace
- Pausing for effect
- Eye contact
Now that you’ve read the list, I’m sure you can recognize which of these super powers you have. If you’re unsure about which skills you have, you can always ask your team or audience for some constructive feedback. It always helps to learn where your strengths lie so you can identify which areas need improvement.
Of course, any of our expert team members would be more than happy to assist you in your journey to improving these skills so feel free to reach out. You’ll only be doing yourself a favor.
Once you identify your presentation super powers, you can ace your presentations instantly! Oh, and these super powers don’t just relate to physical presentations. All of these are just as important when you’re leading a virtual presentation as well.
The Key Takeaway
So the next time you step up to present to an audience, embrace your unique presentation super powers like the hero you are!
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