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13 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. 4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills In the Next Five Minutes

    • 2. You Can Get the Audience to Do What You Want

    • 3. Your Own Free Focus Group

    • 4. You Now Know the Dirty Little Secret of Presentation Skills

    • 5. Never Waste Time Starting a Presentation Again

    • 6. Promo Video Presentation Skills for Beginners

    • 7. Conclusion You are No Longer a Beginner at Presentation Skills

    • 8. Now You Have Earned Personal Coaching

    • 9. The Most Efficient Way to Practice You Presentation Skills

    • 10. Never Be Convicted of Death by PowerPoint

    • 11. The Easy Way to Tell Relevant Stories

    • 12. Extra Tips On How to Get Over Nervousness and Being Scared

    • 13. Passing the Ultimate Test

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About This Class

Presentation skills are the most important skills most people can ever develop during their career. The higher you advance in your career, within any organization, the more time you will spend using your presentation skills to communicate with colleagues, customers, clients, investors, and the public. 

But wait! You are a beginner, but that doesn't mean can't start learning presentation skills basics right now. And it doesn't mean you have to spend years or even decades getting comfortable with basic presentation skills.

You can quickly and easily master presentation skills now, without tedious memorization or creating boring PowerPoint slides. You won't have to practice in a mirror or visualize your audience naked either.

"I have devoted the last 30 years of my life to teaching people strong presentation skills. After having trained more than 10,000 clients from six continents, I have learned every trick on how to master presentation skills in the absolute shortest time and with maximum effectiveness. Are you ready to learn presentation skills the fast, easy way?" TJ Walker

What will students achieve or be able to do after taking this course?

  • Deliver competent presentations
  • Display confidence when giving presentations
  • Be understood by audiences
  • Make messages memorable to audiences
  • Influence people when giving presentations
  • Master basic presentation skills

This course is designed with hyper-efficient methods so that you can learn all essential presentation skills basics in less than 45 minutes.

Please note: this is a communications course conducted by a real person who is speaking and demonstrating communication skills. If you are looking for a course with lots of animation, slides, special effects, slick edits, and robotic voices, this course is not for you.

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TJ Walker

Public Speaking and Media Training Expert


TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting public speaking training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, US Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament .

Walker has more than 100,000 online course enrollments and more than 100,000 online students.

His book, "Secret to Foolproof Presentations" was a USA Today # 1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller.

Walker is also the author of "Media Training AZ" and "Media Training Success."

In 2009, Walker set the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Talk Radio Appearances ever in a 24 hour period.

Walker has also served as a forme... See full profile

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1. 4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills In the Next Five Minutes: I don't want to waste your time. So I want to give you some quick wins when it comes to your presentation skills to help you right away. Make life a lot easier for you first tip cheat and I don't mean anything unethical. Illegal. I mean, use a cheat sheet for your notes of what to say. If I'm giving an hour long keynote speech, I have notes. Here's the key to notes. It's much larger thought than usual. It's on a single sheet of paper. That way, I'm not having to put my glasses on and off, bend over, pick up paper, push it around, having notes on a single sheet of paper. I can glance down occasionally, and it creates the illusion that I actually know what I'm talking about, that I have complete mastery. I can spend my time looking at people in the audience. You can do it too. So few people do this. They spend all their time typing and typing and taping all their scripts in their power point slides on. Then they have to look down and the computer goes black or something, and they freak out. I want to reduce your stress. So a single sheet of paper, just one or two with three words to remind you of what to say. The whole key is you can't write it out. Were for Were simple notes will make it easy. Now for those of you who ever have to give presentations using power Point, let me give you a really quick, easy temp. Everyone's gonna think you're a genius. Let's say you have a slide up and you want people to focus on you hit the letter B blacks out the screen, any screen whatsoever, any key whatsoever. You hit it and it comes right back. Quick, easy. Tip Another tip. Do you know that's why I did a moment ago, I made a mistake, but I didn't stop wine winds. I just said what I wanted to say in the next sentence. Kept on going. I didn't look, embarrass or act embarrassed. I just kept on going. Your audience isn't gonna remember your mistakes there typically going to remember your reaction to your mistake. So please keep that in mind. Another quick tip if you have a problem saying, uh um are you know, you can do what I do with my high price clients. I'm working with presidents of countries and prime ministers. Nobel Peace Prize winners. I type up whatever word it is, they say too much. Uh um her. You know, I cut it out with scissors, and then I tape it on their cell phone. They're watch if they were a watch computer screen. And then I take a red marker and I do a red circle around it in a slash mark. The international no sign. Just like the left hand turn. No parking. No. Uh, no. Um, it sounds silly. It sounds hokey. It really does work, and it costs you. Nothing takes about a week for it to reprocess your brain, but it does work. The final tip. It cost you nothing. It's easy to dio. It's something that typically only ceos had the luxury of doing. Now anyone can do it. That tip is any presentation. Any time you have to talk to other people, practice on your cell phone, record it now. This is the number one tipped Actually helped people. It's also the least favorite tip. People don't like recording themselves, But if you want a quick win, if you want to really boost your confidence and know exactly how you're coming across. The technology existed didn't exist when I started doing this more than 30 years ago. Now everybody is surrounded by video cameras, so there's really no excuse to do it other than to say, I don't want to do it. I'm lazy. It's fine to be a beginner when it comes to presentation. Skills doesn't take any unique talents whatsoever. All that requires is following a few basic tips, and that's what we're gonna do in this course. 2. You Can Get the Audience to Do What You Want: so that's great. You've narrowed down what it is you actually want the audience to do after you've given the presentation. Now you've got open things up and start brainstorming. You need to brainstorm on every single idea message number fact that will motivate your audience toe. Actually, do what you want, but here's the cat. Here's the hard part. It's actually easy gathering more and more and more and more. You may come up with 50 ideas 102 100. You may come up with a whole book and have 1000 ideas. That's not the challenge. The challenges You had to put these messages in priority. Remember the people you're speaking to do not have to know everything you know. Otherwise they'd have your job. Your job as a presenter is to think about everything. You know, what do the people years being to have to know and you gotta weed out all the rest. So that's the challenge. You've got a narrow it down to just five. Why do I say five? That seemed arbitrary. I'll tell you why. It's based on empirical evidence from my own career. I've trained CEOs, beginner speakers, intermediate speakers, junior executives how to present my whole adult life for more than 30 years, and I always ask people when it's alive in person presentation the same question. Tell me the best speaker you've seen in your last year in your field, in your industry, someone you saw in person. And now can you tell me what messages you remember from this fantastic speech? And I'll go around the room quite often. The answer is zero people say teach. Everybody's boring in our field, our industry. Or sometimes they'll say one message, sometimes two. Occasionally three every three months or so, someone will remember four ideas. And every six months someone will remember literally five ideas, literally just a handful of ideas. And the more than 30 years I've asked that question, I've never had anyone remember more than five ideas from the best speaker in their field they've ever seen. So if you want to be not just a good speaker, not just a competent beginner presenter, but actually great, come up with five messages and get those remembered by your audience. By the way, this makes life a lot easier for you. Most beginners think, Oh, I don't want anyone to know I'm a beginner. I better work really hard and do extra research and come up with more and more, more, more. And I better tell them or and have more slides, that more data. That way, no one can see through the the idea that I'm an actual beginning. I don't know anything. No, no, no. Nothing's gonna make you seem more like a beginner, then speaking quickly and rushed and doing a big data dumps. So forget all that. You do have to look at all the ideas, but then you've got to use your judgment and narrow it down to just five ideas. So that's what I want you to do on whatever topic you're using for this course and whatever topic, you're likely to speak on the most in the future. Come up with literally five ideas and write them down on idea should be something you can say in 10 words or less. You get five of them. Write those down in the discussion group as far as what you want to talk about. Write that down now 3. Your Own Free Focus Group: as a beginner when it comes to your presentation skills, One of the scariest things I'm imagining for you is asking people for feedback. What if they think I'm horrible? What they think I look stupid or nervous or scared? I understand that. But feedback is so helpful to you, and it will reduce your nerves when it comes to giving the big presentation cause you've already gotten feedback before that. The reason so many people go from beginner when it comes to the presentation skills to great is not that they were born with any unique talents. There's no silver tongue that you're born with or that you can get its just learned behavior by getting feedback. And if you get enough feedback and then you adjust to it and you learn from it, you can get your presentation skills to the point where they improve and improve and improve. But there's a certain way of doing it now in a moment. If you haven't received it already, you're gonna be asked for feedback from you to me on this course. I do want you to give feedback because even though I've given thousands of speeches, I'm still trying to improve. Even though I have advanced courses on public speaking on you to me and more than 100 communications courses, I'm still trying to improve. So I want to hear from you your feedback so far on what you like of this course of what you think of it. Now you dummy is gonna ask you to rate it. There's a 1 to 5 star rating system. If you think this course is great, bio means go ahead and raid it. Now if you think there's something that needs to be improved, something that's deficient, something that you really think is lacking, what I would ask you is hold off on the rating for a moment, send me a text message and then, ideally, before you've even finished the course, I'm able to make the improvements and the refinements. Now there's one big problem. The way most people asked for feedback. They want a 1 to 5 star, 1 to 10 rating. Good, bad and that's nice. It would be nice for the ego, and it's certainly nice for my ego, and so many people give me five stars. But frankly, that's not the feedback. That's useful feedback that's useful is when you ask people, what do you remember? What do you take away from this? So that's what I'm gonna ask you right now. Based on just what you've seen so far in this presentation, What sticks with you? I am going to ask you to write that in the discussion group now, in part because I am curious about what is sticking. But also I want a building you the habit of asking people your colleagues, customers, clients, your associates. You might want to practice with what they actually remember from your presentation. That's much more useful than whether or not they thought you were professional or smooth or any of that. So go ahead right now, spend just a moment and write down what's actually sticking so and don't hold back. You could say T. J. I don't like your beady eyes or I don't like your hairline to say whatever you want. I'll be reading it and I'll be responding 4. You Now Know the Dirty Little Secret of Presentation Skills: let me tell you a little secret. Everybody is scared and uncomfortable when it comes to their presentation skills. Now you're a beginner at presentation skills, so you may think, Well, of course I have the right to be scared, which you might not realize is so many people are scared, uncomfortable, nervous, even when they've given thousands of presentations, speeches, media interviews. It's something that doesn't go wait for some people. It will go away for you after going through this course. Now, most of what I dio in my day job is give face to face workshops, one on one group workshops with people to help them improve their presentation skills. And quite often, people will start crying when they see themselves on video. I typically say the same thing, which is Hey, relax, we're all in this together. Nobody's 21 anymore because they hate how they look and sound. I say nobody's 21 my hairs falling out. I'm getting wrinkles and gray hair jowls. Don't worry about it. I'll never forget. One time it was in my New York City studio. I'm doing a training with a client, public speaking and media training. She starts crying. I said, What's wrong? She just done her first presentation the day watched it. TJ, I hate the way I look. I hate the way I sound. It's awful. And I was about to say what I normally do, which is Relax, Jennifer. It's not that bad. Nobody's 21 anymore. But then I realized I couldn't say that because she actually was 21 and she was a current Miss Universe. She didn't like the way she looked. She didn't like the way she said it. How could that be your thinking? Because, yeah, she had never seen herself on video before. So it's disorienting. It doesn't matter how good you look, how flawless your skin, it's her teeth or anything else. And very few of us are flawless. It's simply disorienting to human beings to watch themselves give presentations. So if you do practice your speech or you hear it or you hear your own voice coming back on a voice mail, if you're uncomfortable with that, it's completely normal. You're in good company, so don't think of yourself a sort of uniquely scare. It scares everyone. I remember the first time I gave a presentation. I was very nervous. Fortunately, you're here today and there's some technology tricks, as we already talked about in the first lecture that will make it so much easier for you to get over being scared. When it comes to your presentation skills, Let's hop right in with more. 5. Never Waste Time Starting a Presentation Again: So this course is about helping you not just become better presentation skills and learn the basics to become proficient as a beginner. But it's to save you time to. One of the biggest problems most people have when they're getting ready to give a presentation is they don't know where to start and they want to do something and they want to be a hard worker. So they started gathering information. More facts, more data, more slides going around, the officer talking to more colleagues, going to Wikipedia, gathering more, more, more, more data. Time out. This is not where you want to start in the preparation of your presentation, not the way to go. You need to step back for a minute. Forget all the slides, charts, graphs, pdf's books, research and ask yourself one question. What is it you want the audience to do after you've given your presentation? Is it approve a budget? Is it hire you because your presentation is a job interview? Is it to become a client? Is it to sign a contract? Is it to endorse a new idea? Is it to vote for you? Typically, when you're giving a presentation and It's not just a social thing. It's because you want your audience to do something. So that's the starting point. You need to be able to write this down in one sentence, and that's your homework assignment. Now. I want you to write down in the discussion section of this course in one sentence what your audience should do after hearing. What do you want them to do now, if you don't have a presentation coming up tomorrow, just think of something that you could present on in the next couple of months, even if you have to make it up. But let's make this really this experience needs to be riel if you're gonna get the most out of this presentation skills course. 6. Promo Video Presentation Skills for Beginners: Are you a beginner when it comes to presentation skills? Are you looking for someone who can guide you through this process, get you over the hump of being uncomfortable, nervous, uncertain what to do and get you to the point where you're just good at this and you don't have to worry about it anymore? You've come to the right place. Are you looking for special effects music? Lots of graphics and animation. You've come to the wrong place. When it comes to presentation skills, you have to stand up or sit down and speak to people. We can't hide behind special music and a lot of other courses out there like this. This is just one thing. It's me giving you advice, tips, expertise based on 30 years of training, people one on one face to face on how they can improve their presentation skills. If that's what you're looking for, go ahead, Sign in. Better yet, do the sneak preview won't cost you anything. What do you have to lose 7. Conclusion You are No Longer a Beginner at Presentation Skills: congratulations. You're no longer a beginner when it comes to presentation skills. I apologize. I think I pulled a little bit of a bait and switch here because I actually gave you Ah, lot of advanced tips that I give CEOs and serious professional speakers. You already have what they have now. I try to do it by respecting your time. This is a very brief course, but I hope you realize you know a lot more than what it takes to just get over that initial hump of being a beginner. When it comes to presentation skills, you could be great. It all comes down to really deciding in advance. What do you want your audience to dio brainstorming on messages than narrowing it down to your top five, then coming up with interesting stories and examples for each one of your messages, pictures and images. If you're gonna use Power Point and then practicing on video until you love it and if you do all that, then your audience is going to perceive you is not some rank beginner when it comes to presentation skills. But as someone who is comfortable, confident, relaxed, they're gonna understand you. They're gonna remember your messages and they will take the actions you want. Do that. And you will be not just a beginner, but you will be fantastic when it comes to your presentation skills. Good luck. 8. Now You Have Earned Personal Coaching: as I mentioned to you in the preview video of this course and at the very beginning I'm here for you. As you may have noticed, this is not a course where all the time and energy and effort was spent with fancy music, sound effects, swishes and lots of graphics. No offense to those who did. So I have more of my time toe actually give you feedback, Constructive criticism. So here's the offer I have for you. If you take the video that you've been working on, you've got one. Now that you think is the best you can dio uploaded to YouTube and put the or l the link in the discussion section of this course, I will give you a personalized for teak tell you exactly what I think you're doing well, but also where you need to improve Now. I hope this doesn't sound arrogant. People pay me a lot of money for this in the non virtual, non Internet world where I go to their offices or their place of business or their parliament or their government building, because that's what I do. I've trained in 30 countries around the world. I'm going to do this for you Because this is how I can really help you the most. And simply by doing this I can tell you you're automatically can catapult yourself to the top 0.1% of students because only one out of 1000 ever does in all of my courses. I have more than 100 presentation skills courses here on you, to me. And for the most part, nobody takes me up on this offer. So if you want to get personalized feedback, feel free to do so. But you've got to post the your L in the discussion group here, and you can also get feedback from your fellow students. 9. The Most Efficient Way to Practice You Presentation Skills: so things were starting to come together. Now we have a clear sense of what we want our audience to do. We've narrowed down to our five top messages. You have an interesting story for each message. If you're gonna use Power Point, you figured out a slide for each one. That's great. That's fantastic. Now I'm gonna give you the piece of advice. That's the single most important piece of advice in this entire course. It's the single most important thing to help you go from a bad beginner to someone who no one else will even know. You're a beginner. Someone will think you're a good if not a great speaker. If you do this one thing now, this is also the least popular part of the course and the least popular thing to do. What I'm gonna ask you to do is pull out your cell phone and practice your presentation on video. Oh, it gets worse, folks. Then I want you to look at it. It gets worse still. I then want you to do it again and try to doom or of the good stuff and less of anything you don't like. Here's the real magic. There's no particular magic and practicing on video. There's no magic in practicing on video, and watching the magic comes from doing it again and again and again until you get to one certain point. And that point is you can look at the video and you actually like what you see. You like the style and the substance of how you're coming across. If you can look at a video, whether it's on a big TV, your laptop or your cell phone, and say, Well, if I could do half as well as he does, if I could do half as well as she does, I'm going to be the best presenter in my field. My company, my organization, my industry, my presentation skills are going to be seen as excellent. If you get to that point, guess what? Because virtually impossible to be nervous or uncomfortable. So that's your assignment now is practice your presentation on video as many times as it takes until you like. What you see is the ultimate judge. The ultimate teacher with the grading pan isn't me, it's you 10. Never Be Convicted of Death by PowerPoint: okay, you're giving a presentation and someone, or you decide you want to use Power Point. That's okay. A lot of people think, Oh, power point. That's the worst thing ever. It's so hard. Death by PowerPoint. Yeah, there is a lot of bad power point out there, but power point can be effective. I use power points on my best friends or power point, but let me give you a few tips to save you a massive amount of time and make you much more effective as a speaker. What you're going to see when people in their presentations use power point. Typically a lot of bullet points, a lot of text, a lot of complexity. Wildly complex graphs with 27 different colors of lines and your eyes kind of glaze over. And maybe you're left with some impression that the person is smarter, hardworking or something. But in general it's not effective. So rather than a spend five or 10 or 50 hours on creating the traditional Power point slides with massive amounts of complexity, I want to make your life easy and your beginner. There's no sense learning all the time consuming bad habits. Other people have. Why don't we just skip right to the good habits here? The things that actually work with Power Point, based on my own testing of audiences that I work with from six continents and what I found works remarkably consistently all over the world. You want to communicate with power point slides or any sort of images? The rule of thumb really comes down to this one idea per slide. Use images, not text. You do that. You're going to solve pretty much all the problems people have with power Point. And you're gonna give the most effective power point presentation of anyone in your organization. But but But But But D J. I don't I have to have five bullet points versus three bullet points. Is it 10 words or seven words per sentence? You didn't listen to me when I'm telling you the most effective way to use a power point presentation is put up. One image per slide. One idea per slide. If it's an image, it's not text. If you want to give people a lot of text, my advice hands, outs. Pdf Give him a book. Give them an email, someone comes to me and they want to know about a speech on media training. I just hand them a book, but I'm not gonna project bullet points. The points from this book if I am giving a presentation so it all comes down to that one idea per slide. It doesn't matter how many bullet point don't use bullet points there. No evidence they work. I don't have a bunch of words or any words on a slide. Images that make the idea come alive. Here's the test for a PowerPoint slide. Can someone look at it? I understand the point in two seconds or less. And remember the point if it helps your audience understand your message and remember your message more than you just saying it well, then use the slot. If it doesn't do both of those things, throw the slide in the trash can or give it as a handout 11. The Easy Way to Tell Relevant Stories: There's one common thing you'll find about all people who have great presentation skills, and that is they have given a lot of horrible presentations. Believe it or not, however, my worst presentation once I was presenting on a talk radio show This is more than 20 years ago. I was down in South Florida and I was on a talk radio show and it was political season. We were talking about politics. The host had politics different from my own. I you're not here to hear about my politics, but there's a reason for me telling you this. We're having a debate on the air. I remember going into the studio. I was very low to the ground. That share was very low. The host was way above me, looking down across a console and just a ZAY said something. In response to one question, the host yells At means is T. J. I have more respect for a Klansman than I do for you, and I looked shocked on saying that provocative We continue and I'm talking away again. Next thing you know, the host is pulling away the microphone. I'm pulling it back. Yeah, yeah, Mr Stick when I really think before I could say anything else, he dips Stan below the table, comes back up, points a gun. Now it's talk radio in South Florida. Nobody can see it. My eyes get big and you know what I said. Not much of anything. It was not my best presentation. It was not my best media performance, that's for sure. But I got through it. They didn't get hurt. I didn't get injured. I actually went back to that studio and that radio station A couple weeks later, in many times after that, co host guest hosted other shows. Now I still stayed away from that guy. That guy to this day, I think, is kind of a crazy guy. But the point is, I didn't let one horrible media interview one horrible presentation sidetracked me. Really. I love to communicate. I love helping other people communicate, and I just tried to learn from Okay, let's step back for a minute. What did I just do there? I tried to convey one point, which is that nobody is born having great presentation skills. You learn you have bad ones. You learn from your mistakes and you keep going. That's really just one point. But if I'd said it quickly in six seconds like that, it's instantly for gotten. You might understand it, but it's for gotten So Instead, I told a story. Now the story happened to be true. Best stories are, and it's generally more memorable ill if clients come up to me 10 15 years after the fact saying, Hey, T J anyone point a gun at you lately? They remember the story, and that's what makes it effective. The big difference between great presenters and awful ones, whether they're beginners or seasoned veterans and giving presentations, is that really good? Communicators illustrate every key message point with a story. Bad speakers, bad presenters. People with horrible presentation skills never use stories because they think, Oh, there's no time I'd love to, but I got to go through all the data. I got to go through the facts. I got to go through all the numbers and they're boring people to death. So I understand you're a beginner when comes to your presentation skills. Otherwise you wouldn't be in this class. But there's no reason you have to look and sound like a beginner to your colleagues, customers, clients, voters or anywhere else for speaking to and the easiest way. Absolute easiest way to catapult above the beginner crowd and the boring crowd of speakers , which is a much bigger pot, is to illustrate each key point in your presentation with a story. And let's not overcomplicate this. It doesn't have to be as dramatic as someone pointing a gun at you. It can just be you having a conversation with one person. Ah, client, a customer, a colleague about something that's related to the messages in your presentation. What did that person say to you? What did you say back? How did you feel? How was it resolved? And what's the lesson from it? That's all. The story is, all of us tell, still raised all day long, and my clients in real life trainings constantly wants it. Well, t J. I don't tell stories, and all morning long before I turned the camera on it, coffee breaks lunch right there, telling stories. Human beings are hard wired to tell stories and to remember stories. The key is you got to really look at your messages and ask yourself, when have you had real conversations with real people about these issues. Now, if you have one of your five key messages and you can't think of a single time you've ever had a real conversation with anyone about this issue, maybe it shouldn't be a key message. Maybe it is a minor message. If you've never had a conversation about it, it's probably not that important. So here's your assignment right now. You listed the five messages earlier in the last exercise. Now you've got to come up with a story for each one of your message points and just jot down one or two or three words to remind you of the person or the place or where it was so you can talk it out. You don't have to write it all out. It's not Hollywood script writing. It's just presenting. So do that right now. 12. Extra Tips On How to Get Over Nervousness and Being Scared: I don't. Some of you have gone through the whole course now and you're thinking well teaches making some sounds. There's some good points and yeah, I can try that. But still, I'm nervous. I'm uncomfortable. I'm scared. My hands were shaking. I feel for you. I want to give you some more tips, but I do want to give them to you in order of priority, because I find people come up with so many techniques they wanna do a shot of booze or beta blockers. I'll talk about those in a moment of meditation, hypnosis. I'm not saying all of those solutions are always bad, but I want to give you my sense of the clear hierarchy with number. One way to get over nervousness when it comes to speaking is to have actually watched yourself give the presentation on video and you're looking at and you're saying, Wow, if I could be half as good as he is, if I could be half as good as she is, I'm going to be the star bite apartment or my company or my organization or my industry. Now you don't have to visualize a good speech. You've actually seen it with your own eyes. You saw it in advance because you took the time to practice on your cell phone. IPad or computer? Far in a way, that is the number one way to get over nerves when it comes to public speaking and presentation skills and communication skills, it's also the least popular way of doing it. So I understand that I spent a lot of my time preaching it people on this and when I'm working with them one on one or small groups in person, they don't have a choice. But when I'm talking to people in trying to help them through an online environment, let's face it, you can just sit back, click next click Skip. You don't have to do any of this, But if you're still nervous or uncomfortable, what good has the course done? You? So that is far away. The number one way to get over nervous to get over being uncomfortable. Other tips in order of hierarchy practice in the room where you're actually going to give the speech. Sometimes you're traveling to a different conference room, a different board room, convention center hotel, get into the space and actually practice. Next, try to practice in front of people, get feedback of what they like, what they remember, very crucial to build your confidence. Now, other methods that are out there I find much, much less effective than those. But one method is visualization. You can visualize yourself having a standing ovation, but what good is a standing ovation of? People don't really remember your message and act on it. Our goal, unless you want to become a professional keynote speaker, is not to get standing ovations, especially as a beginner. Their goal was to actually communicate, making sure people understand you and actually remember your messages. Another common tactic for getting over fear and preparation is practicing in front of a mere. Here's the problem with practicing in front of a mere. We all have certain things we don't completely love about her face or eyes or hairline or nose is crooked or something. So when you're practicing in front of a mirror, it's only human nature to look at the things you don't like in your own face. Well, how does that help us get more confidence for the speech? So I do not recommend ever practicing in front of Amir. All that does is distract you, and you're not focusing on what you're actually saying. You're focusing on looking at yourself, so I don't recommend that people ask me all the time. Well, T J Can I smoke a little marijuana, which is increasingly legal all over the world? Or do a shot of liquor or wine or vodka? Here's the problem with that approach is it may make you more relaxed, but sometimes that can slightly impede your ability to have recall. If you're already nervous speaking, the last thing you want is something that's going to slow your recall down. Work is when we're nervous, we don't remember things as well. If we've had a little alcohol, sometimes even one glass or any other kind of drug, then it can slow down your ability to remember what you're going to say next. And if you're already nervous about forgetting what to say and you lose a second, then you end up our makes you more nervous. For some people, even a little alcohol can make their face red or make them blush. That can be distracting also if you have a drink or two, but I'll assume just one. People come up to you afterwards to say good presentation, Good job talk. They smell alcohol on your breath and this is the first time they've ever met you. That may be the lasting impression people have. So I don't recommend that sometimes people try to get fancier. They want to use beta blockers. Now, this is a controversial topic. And I can tell you when I've spoken on this on YouTube and other places, I get massive hate mail telling me I'm an idiot and a fool and stupid, But I want to be completely transparent with you and honest, based on what I think is actually going to help you accomplish your goal of giving a presentation and looking comfortable and confident in the process. There are drugs, beta blockers that will in fact reduce your ability to get nervous. You just don't get his keyed up. You don't get is tensed up, so it does help your body. The problem is it doesn't actually solve the underlying problem. The problem is that if you're not giving a great presentation, if you're not giving an interesting, memorable presentation, you're likely to be nervous. If you're no longer nervous about it, but you're still giving a boring or awful presentation. Hasn't helped matters. I've had clients who didn't listen to me on this issue. Took a beta blocker before going on CNBC, and they were less nervous. Unfortunately, the hundreds of thousands of people watching them on TV. So this, Yes, I'm happy to be here today, and they sounded zoned out and zombie like and low key and low energy, and they didn't come across is comfortable and confident. So remember, it's not about you just not shaking. You need to come across is comfortable, confident, relaxed and interesting. The number one I've been saving this for the last. The number one way to not be nervous when you're speaking is to simply focus all of your energies on really helping the audience member. What are you doing to make them better? What you doing to help their business, their organization, their life? If you're truly focused on helping them, you don't even have time to think about poor little me. All of you have seen news reports I'm sure of a child getting pinned under a truck and then people, sometimes one person or strong enough to lift it up. The adrenal insert. They're focused on saving one child's life because they're not thinking about themselves. They're not thinking about Oh, how does my pant line look out of my shoes? Look, they're just running, diving, trying to help. When you're speaking, that's what you need to focus on. Now you're not running and diving on an audience member. But if you're so focused on helping your audience member understand something better, you're not gonna be focused on. Oh, how am I doing it? Way scared. I'm going my home. We're gonna get through this, by the way, that one. The one final bonus bonus. You've heard the expression visualized people in their underwear. Visualize your audience naked. Horrible advice. Depending on your audience, it's either too disgusting or too exciting. Don't focus on your audience in their underwear. Focus on one individual the time helping them, making your ideas come alive to them. Focus on that. You won't have time to be nervous 13. Passing the Ultimate Test: let me ask you, would you ever type up an important memo to go to your boss, colleagues, clients, customers and then just hit send without running it through spellcheck editing it, revealing? Would you just dictate at once and send it out as he is? I'm guessing that's a no. Here's the thing. If you ever stand up and give a presentation and you haven't looked at it on video and gotten feedback from others, we're essentially tossing out your rough draft. Rough drafts are, by definition, rough for really important text memos in any organization, quite often you're gonna want a boss to look at it. A lawyer, the head of of investor relations or public relations. It's not just your gut on how it works. Well, when it comes to giving presentations, you can also test. Here's my advice. If you're giving a presentation to five or 10 or 20 clients or customers or prospects on Thursday, get one or two colleagues together at lunch on Tuesday. Give them your presentation. We talked a little about getting feedback in an earlier lesson, but really be serious about this. Test your presentation in front of them and then ask them not. What do you think they're going to say? Oh, you're wonderful. Ask them. What do they remember? If they can't tell you exactly the messages that you care about the most that you planned in advance, that you actually wrote down, then you didn't communicate because I got to tell you, it's never the audience is full. Your audience in real life is doing this. It's because there's something more interesting here than what you're saying. That's your fault, not their fault. So you need to test test your slides to make sure they work. You want to go in to your next presentation with actual empirical evidence that it works, It can be done. It costs nothing. Now, there may be times when you don't have people right there. Get your best video that you did in the earlier exercise and email it to people. Don't tell them what you're gonna ask them. Just email it to them, ask them to look at it and then call them up and ask them over the phone. What do they remember? You can always test any presentation, and it will make your actual presentation much, much stronger