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Presentation Tips for Introverts: Unleash Your Superpowers

teacher avatar Beth Mueller, Discovery + Story

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Introduction


    • 2.

      Unleash Your Superpowers


    • 3.

      Tips and Ideas to Tackle Challenges


    • 4.

      Class Project: Create Your Action Plan


    • 5.

      Final Thoughts


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Every person can be an effective speaker, whether it is presenting in front of a large audience in an auditorium, at a networking event, giving a project update at a team meeting, pitching a potential new client, and more. It all comes down to connecting with your audience. Making these connections helps us share the information we want and helps our audience to be able to hear it. We can do this by dialing up our strengths and trying different techniques to overcome challenges that make us nervous or avoid speaking to a group. In this class, we will talk through some of the scenarios that people who identify as introverts might find in common. We will learn how to lean into our strengths along with some tips to help navigate challenges.

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Beth Mueller

Discovery + Story


Stories are powerful – I knew I wanted to be a writer when I got goosebumps after my second grade teacher read us Where the Sidewalk Ends.  Since then, I earned a degree in teaching creative writing and published my own work. I also have a marketing degree and have combined business strategy and creative writing to help companies communicate for more than a decade. My newest adventure is Discovery + Story, where I give free resources and tips to help small business owners take their communications to the next level. Check it out at

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1. Class Introduction: Hey, thank you so much for checking out this class. I'm Beth Miller and I am so excited to share with you what I've learned helping companies and individuals over the last 15 years to find and tell their stories. To really help you understand how introverts can be really powerful public speakers. By public speaking, I don't necessarily mean talking to an auditory and full of people. I define speaking as any opportunity that we have to connect with someone else to get your ideas across and meet our goals. So that could be one-on-one, that could be at a networking event, that could be presenting at your team meeting, or a host of other situations. If you identify as an introvert, we're going to talk through some of the superpowers that you have that you can really lean into to help improve your ability to make those connections with your audience. As well as some simple techniques and tricks that you could incorporate to help overcome some challenges or concerns that you might have when you are about to be faced with an opportunity to speak. And I can't wait to get started. Let's go. 2. Unleash Your Superpowers: First I want to talk through the different strengths that introverts have that really lend themselves to being super presenters. And these are your superpowers. And I want you to really lean into these and dial them up the next time that you are speaking or connecting with someone in a one-on-one setting or wherever the opportunity is. Number one is preparation. Introverts tend to prepare lot before they go into any new situation. Whether that's thinking through the topic that you're gonna be talking about, or thinking through what questions or confusion your audience might have. Any of that preparation that you do in advance is going to make you a lot stronger and more prepared when you walk into that meeting and it's going to set you up for success. Secondly, introverts tend to have a quiet but firm speaking style that can be really beneficial and a bunch of different scenarios. For example, if you are going to argue for something that might not be as popular in the room that you're speaking to. Or perhaps you are trying to build a case for something that people might not necessarily believe when they're, when they first start hearing you. Third is thinking before we speak. And as introverts, we tend to do this and we'd like to scenario planner or come up with a couple of different options in our heads before we actually say one out loud. And that can be really helpful because it means that the messages that you're actually presenting when you share them are things that you've really thought through and feel really comfortable and confident in what it is that you're saying forth. Introverts tend to ask a lot of really good questions in advance as part of your preparations. Maybe you have an opportunity to actually ask your audience or people who are like the people who will be in your audience. Questions that they might have or points that they want to know more about. That'll help your presentation actually come across a lot stronger on the flip of that. Another superpower that introverts have is really listening to the answers and turning to listen really deeply to those answers. If you have an opportunity to have dialogue or a Q&A portion of your presentation. It's really helpful if you really listen to what it is that the person is asking you. Because you can know then what are the points that are confusing for your audience? What else do you need to explain? Where are the questions, where are the hang-ups? You can really adjust your messaging in order to help meet your goals for that presentation. Sticks, introverts tend to become very passionate about the topics that they speak about. Now I know this isn't always the case. We all have to talk about things that maybe were not super excited about. But when it is something that you're passionate about, the level of thought and research and preparation that you have done has an opportunity to shine through. And that can really help you when you connect with your audience and really establish yourself as an expert in the room. In the next lesson, we're going to talk through some of the challenges are the obstacles that we might face as introverts and some simple tips that we can implement to help us overcome those and really achieve success. 3. Tips and Ideas to Tackle Challenges: In this lesson, I want to talk through some of the challenges or obstacles that we might face when we're presenting as introverts. And a couple of simple techniques or tricks that we can implement to help us navigate those and achieve success. Number one is scenario planning. This goes back to that superpower that introverts have to be really prepared for a presentation. With scenario planning, I want you to think through all the different things that could happen in your presentation, that you feel completely prepared and that you can handle anything that comes up. Now this could be technical challenges. What do I do if I'm supposed to present online and my internet goes out, it could be a video that you have that you want to play, doesn't play. Or it could be the dynamics of the situation change. Secondly, is black in our calendars. We can actually block time off before and after, so that we have an opportunity to really recharged and really kind of prepare ourselves. Don't get overstimulated and just make sure that we're in the best place that we can be for when we have to present. Third, you can ask for your ideal circumstances when it's possible. What do you mean by that is if you know that you're going to be presenting a monthly update and the team staff meeting, for example. If you are somebody who likes to go first to get it over with, you can just ask whoever organizes the meeting, or if you are somebody who really does mornings and by the afternoon your whites, maybe you could ask if you could be on an agenda or have an event scheduled earlier in the morning rather than later in the day. It's not always gonna be possible, but you'll never know unless you ask for is visualizing, thinking through what is the situation going to look like? If you're presenting online? Think through, what's it gonna be like to have all of these people staring at me and these little squares on my screen. Is that possible to change the view that I'm looking at to maybe get a little bit less overwhelmed if that is something that might trigger me. If you're presenting in a room full of people, is there a way to kind of focus on just one row or one small group of people that would make you feel a little bit more comfortable. In number five is showing up early. Now if you are someone who tends to get a little bit overwhelmed, if you just walk into a room or join an online meeting that's already in progress. It might make sense for you to show up early to the event if that's possible. If you're presenting in person, it might make you feel a little bit more comfortable if you're there before the room fills up. And then you can see people slowly start to come in. And that's a little bit less jarring than walking into a room full of people and a lot of noise when people are talking. If that's something that seems like that would help you go ahead and ask, and that would also help set you up for success. So another tip would be preparing for your audience questions. Now, as I talked about before, this is one of your superpower is probably thinking through what questions your audience might have or maybe as part of your preparation, you've even asked your audience what those questions might be. But thinking through and scenario planning, what are the possible things that could trip people up, could confuse people? What are the objections they might have? An actually writing those down and writing potential responses to that is going to help you feel a lot more prepared for whatever question you get. There, you have it. Six different techniques or tips that you can try incorporating into your next opportunity to make you feel a little bit more comfortable and a lot more confident. So that you can better connect with your audience and get your idea across. In the next lesson, we're going to talk through what your project is for this class to help bring all these concepts together. See you there. 4. Class Project: Create Your Action Plan: For your class project, I want you to pick three superpowers that you personally have that you think you could really dial up for your next speaking opportunity to become more confident and comfortable. Then next to those, I want you to list out how you can actually apply them to one specific opportunity that you have coming up. For example, if you are really good at asking questions and getting inside your audiences minds, think through one opportunity that you have. Let's say it's presenting an update on a project you're working on a team meeting, think through how you're actually going to apply that to that situation. Maybe you're going to ask two people who are gonna be in that meeting what questions they might have about the topic that you're talking about. Then secondly, I want you to think through the tips and tricks and techniques that we talked about to help you overcome some of the things that might make you nervous. I want you to pick three that you think are actually going to work for you. Then just like before, I want you to apply them to that same opportunity. For example, if you pick block in your calendar, I want you to write next to it. I am going to block half an hour before and half an hour after this presentation on my calendar so that no one books that time. We have a worksheet available for you to download to complete this. Or you can feel free to put on your own piece of paper or just type the list up. Cannot wait to see all of your superpowers and ideas for how you're going to apply these to your next presentation. 5. Final Thoughts: Alright, so in this class we talked through some of the real strengths and superpowers that introverts have and how they can really dial those up to really feel good going into their next opportunity to connect with an audience. Whether that's a smaller setting or something much larger, whether that's online or in-person. At the same time, we talked through six different techniques or tricks that you can use to overcome some of the common challenges that I've heard introverts share with me about some of the things that intimidate them about public speaking or things that make them a little bit nervous. Thanks so much for taking the class. Check out our other videos on Skillshare for other tips and ideas so that you can feel more comfortable for your next presentation, whether that's virtual or in-person. Thanks so much and best of luck.