Oh yes they are!
Here’s the thing:
If you see yourself as a successful public speaker you’re likely infuriated right now.
If you see yourself as a nervous, timid, not-quite-there-yet speaker you’re probably nodding your head and thinking to yourself, “That’s why I’m such a bad public speaker.”
Actually the arrogance is a positive thing. Positive for both the speaker and the audience.
Hear me out…
To be a convincing and confident public speaker you need to offer the audience something.
You need to have expert knowledge in some area which you can impart to the audience. The audience may already have some knowledge on the topic, but you are going to offer them something a little extra.
When you walk on stage you need to have a little arrogance.
You need to feel a little bit cleverer than the audience.
You need to feel you have something special to share.
You need to feel the audience is going to be spellbound by your talk.
When you feel this way, you are taking on a mindset. A mindset which will help you deliver a confident, engaging, and successful presentation.
You’ve put yourself in a mindset where failing is not a consideration.
Now, consider the alternative…
You are worried the audience is more knowledgeable than you.
You feel that anyone could have come up with the information you are about to share.
You feel the audience is going to be bored by your presentation.
You are setting yourself up for failure.
And that’s what happens to the majority of business presentations. We talk ourselves into a crappy delivery.
Be an arrogant douchebag, or… Fake being an arrogant douchebag.
How to fake being an arrogant douchebag?
Walk on stage knowing exactly what you are going to say and exactly how the audience will react. Hint: the reaction you’re looking for is the audience to see you as their savior or confidant, or both.
Here’s what to do:
Before you finalize your speech, decide what your opening line will be.
Decide the opening line based on your knowledge of how your audience already thinks about the presentation topic.
Enter the conversation already going on in your audience’s mind.
For example, if you know your audience are frustrated by a particular time-wasting process which your presentation will address, empathize with them.
Open with a question like, “I know how you feel. How much time do you waste each week completing your TPE reports?”
By asking your audience a question which addresses an issue they are frustrated about… By showing you understand how they feel… You win the audience over and build your own confidence at the same time.
Now transition to your presentation. Your audience will be engaged.
Note: This article is tongue-in-cheek, but the point is valid. You must be confident about yourself and your presentation. You must be positive that you have information to share the audience will be interested to hear. Have this mindset and you can’t fail.
What do you think? Let’s chat in the comments below…