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THE DAY OF PRESENTATION - PRESENTATION SKILLS CHAPTER 5

If possible, visit the room and the location where you will speak. View the room and find out which facilities are available. Can you bring your own laptop, can you handle the existing beamer? Try everything out and be sure that you know how to install yourself. See where you will stand. (This will help you visualize later.) A good guide is to keep your hands at 90 degrees to each other and to fit in the audience. If you succeed, you are in a good place.
What are you attracting? Clothing choice can play a role. Some people feel better when they look their best. For the public it is also nice to see someone who has done his best to look cared for. Attract something that brings out the best in you and shows something of you. Bas does not need a suit, he feels uncomfortable about it. His clearly beautiful t-shirt with beautiful sneakers can also suffice. Decide based on what the audience expects from you and what you feel most confident about.
In preparation for the day itself, it works very well to visualize the presentation. Top athletes also use this technique to prepare for competitions. Visualize the whole day. How you get up, how you calm breakfast, how you arrive well in time, everything is effortlessly set up. How the audience comes in, how you start, the presentation itself, the reactions of the audience, the questions, the completion, the feeling afterwards.
Make sure you are on time on the day itself. Prepare everything you need a day in advance. Your laptop or other medium that you are going to use, any handouts, your clothes, etc.

nervous!

The day has arrived and you are on time. You may be nervous: unfortunately this can express itself in physical phenomena. Your muscles in your arms and legs will contract extra. Your body is getting ready for the danger that comes with the fight or flight reaction , it wants to be ready to fight or flee. This results in raised shoulders, wobbly legs or vibrating (sweat) hands. Your muscles in your bladder become more relaxed and you have to go to the toilet more quickly. You also get a dry mouth quickly, because it makes speaking more difficult.

To make it even more difficult for yourself, do not choose coffee or tea for the presentation: these take away even more fluid and the chance that you have to go to the toilet during the presentation or get an even drier mouth will only get bigger. Choose a glass of water. Also make sure that a glass of water is within reach during your presentation. A sip can do wonders and does not bother.

Practical tips to control nerves: vitamin C helps to fight cortisol against the stress hormone. Oranges are your friend. Another tip is to freeze berries and let one berry roll into your mouth each time, relaxing for the jaws and you get vitamin C inside as well. Quacamole with wholegrain crisps food calms down by the vitamin B and chewing. Mixed nuts with their vitamin B and zinc are also a good choice. Asparagus is a mood enhancer and a hot drink also works well. Choose a chai tea without caffeine. Try breathing exercises and find out which one you like. Two exercises: roll your shoulders forward and back and put a cork in the mouth. This ensures that your bottom of your face has to relax.

Nerves are not bad at all: they ensure that you are extra alert. Combined with good preparation, they can ensure that you rise above yourself!

After the presentation you will be the last one to leave. Write down any criticisms and also note how you found it yourself. You can do something about this in a subsequent presentation. Also make a note of it, the memory changes through time!

Exercises: The Day

- Go to the room where you will present. Stand where you stand, if possible, practice your presentation there. See what the material you are going to use. (also the light, the air conditioning, the windows, be prepared for everything) Test all equipment and know who to approach if it goes wrong.
- Relax, meditate. Look for breathing exercises and relaxation exercises, try them out and see which works well for you.
- Visualize the presentation in all its details. To do!
- Are you disproportionately nervous, then consider what makes you so nervous now. The Rational-Emotive Therapy(founder: Albert Ellis) uses the ABC model. Not the reason (A), the presentation creates the extreme nervousness (C, the consequence) but the glasses (B) through which you view the situation. The glasses that you look at, your own beliefs, do not have to be realistic and sometimes even irrational. ("I fail in my presentation and then no one at work will ever take me seriously and I can't face anyone and I will have to resign.") If you express these convictions and examine their validity, (How confident Do you know that nobody takes you more seriously? How bad is that? So bad, that you will have to resign? How many presenters did you go before you resigned?) you can replace them for other convictions. ('Of course I want to present well, but if it does not go well, I will not lose my job with it. ') Another pair of glasses creates a different consequence: Healthy nerves! Search on the internet forMore information about RET and research your own Glasses.
- Everything laid out for the big day? We wish you good luck! If you want more personal guidance, we would like to greet you on our training 'convincing presentation' .

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