If it does, you’re among a small group commonly known as “everyone”.
Here’s why the word presentation makes you feel gross:
You either have to do one or you have to attend one.
Presenter or an audience member, you feel gross at the thought of a presentation.
Unfortunately for everyone, only a small group of people have the ability to solve this problem… presenters.
If you’re a presenter, the bad news is it’s up to you to fix the problem.
But, the good news is the fix is pretty easy if you can ignore everyday advice.
Everyday advice sucks!
Everyday advice doesn’t work.
It’s kind of like the low-fat diet.
If low-fat diets worked, why has there been a worsening obesity problem since they became popular?
If everyday advice worked almost all presentations would be great and wouldn’t make us feel so gross.
If everyday advice worked everyone would enjoy listening to individuals speak in a monotone while staring at the ceiling, hands behind their back.
If everyday advice worked you wouldn’t cringe every time you saw a bullet point.
If everyday advice worked you could relax in any situation by imagining people naked.
Feeling stressed on the train? Turn on your x-ray vision.
So presenters… here’s the non-everyday advice.
Here’s what you need to do to improve things for yourselves and your suffering audiences:
Start being authentic
Being authentic means stop over-formalizing presentations.
Being authentic means you will attract audiences rather than repel them.
Being authentic means you will act more like your true self.
Everyone hears the word presentation and thinks they need to write out a script, memorize it word-for-word, practice their body language, and make zero mistakes.
If you’re a keynote speaker, especially if you are being paid, then perhaps a script and memorizing every word makes some sense.
A regular business presentation, however, is very different.
Ask yourself if your worries are practical for a business presentation when you also have to fit in your regular work at the same time.
In a regular, everyday business presentation you need to focus on only three areas to be authentic:
- Know your topic
- Know your outcome
- Know your outline