As I write this, we’re in the midst of Covid-19 and I imagine most of us now are working from home and therefore we can feel quite cut off. So, it’s important to keep communication open with friends and family, but also, to keep our businesses going. We need to use everything to hand that is there for us to work from home, especially to do with technology and communication. Within that, I would say that your voice is one of your most powerful selling tools, so it’s really important that you do some gentle humming to warm your voice up before you go on a call, or a webinar or a video that you may be doing. Really think about your voice, because you wouldn’t run a race without warming up, you’d hurt yourself. Well, it’s the same with your voice, you can’t utilise all the different notes within your voice if you don’t warm it up. You will be going back to presenting, you will be going back to being with people in person, so it’s really important – practice, practice, practice. As you get out of bed in the morning, just start a gentle hum. The only thing stopping your voice coming out is your lips, so that is where you need your voice to be placed. In the mask of your face. Before you speak, you can wake your voice up by moving the hum up and down your register. Very gently. This will mean, by the time you talk for the first time, you will create a well produce sound and not be clearing your throat or making rasping sounds to your family, friends or clients.
Today I went to the meeting of https://southoxfordshirebusinessnetwork.co.uk/ and a Magician Josh Luland took the slot of the 10 minute presentation…it was truly Magical, not only from the point of completely bamboozling a group of over 40 adults, but from the perspective of a masterclass in confident presentation skills!
The room was not obviously conducive for a magic show as it had several posts that slightly obscured the full view of the tricks. Also, the audience were surrounding him, so no matter which way he turned somebody got his back. In spite of these potential obstacles, Josh held our attention the whole time. He made each one us feel he was talking directly to us, by using good eye contact, taking each of us in. His took his time and his voice was clear and well produced, so none of us missed a word. All of this without being at all “flashy”, he really knew how to put on a show. Not only can I recommend Josh for any corporate event, wedding or party as a magician, but also in a masterclass in confident presenting. Bravo Josh!
The Teapot Tearoom and Garden at Britchcombe Farm, Oxfordshire put on a yearly music festival “Stickyjamfest”. This year I went to see it and all the performers looked so comfortable on stage, having been given a wonderful opportunity to perform with an appreciative and confidence building audience.
For some, performing on stage or presenting, can make them feel physically sick. But there are tips and techniques to take all eyes off you and make the experience far more pleasurable for all concerned. You don’t have to be a professional singer or performer to enjoy the experience of being on stage and loving every minute of it, or presenting to a room full of people feeling confident as an expert in your field. Understanding you can’t please all of the people all of the time, means you don’t have to. Put all eyes on your audience and your enjoyment will radiate out to them, so they have a good time too. https://www.facebook.com/TheTeapotTearoomandgarden/