I was with someone yesterday talking about perfection, communication and presenting.
I can understand the desire and need to be ‘perfect’ in anything, especially when presenting and especially more, when you are presenting to senior people at work who you want to impress.
But here’s the thing, striving for ‘perfection’, and feeling that you have to be ‘perfect’ will cause you to be less than perfect.
Why? Because when you focus on being ‘perfect’ when presenting to an audience, you’re focusing inwards, you’re focusing on yourself. When this happens you become very aware of how you are moving, how you are speaking, how you are appearing to others. You inevitably judge yourself with a subconscious yardstick of whether this is good enough or not.
Can we obtain ‘perfection’ in public speaking? I would say that we need to change the word ‘perfection’ to ‘success’.
To achieve success it is vital that you connect with your audience. And to do this, you need to focus your energy OUT towards your audience and be intent on connecting with them.
That is the secret of a great presentation – connection.
You connect with your audience when you:
- Have researched their needs and have planned content they are wanting to hear.
- Appeal to their emotions.
- Treat your presentation like a conversation.
- Communicate with an open, relaxed body language
- Make genuine eye contact.
- Speak to them in a straightforward language they can all understand.
Forget about perfection and you then may have a chance of attaining what you believe to be ‘perfection’.