First of all, I would like to thank you for such a great workshop. I think it was one of the best workshops I have ever attended. I have learnt much more about presentation skills than I expected that I would learn.
The workshop for me was like a mirror that has showed me my weaknesses which constantly influence the quality of my performance at the stage. Before the workshop I was aware of some of my weak points, but now I can put a label on them and I can actually work towards the progress.
To be honest my main problem is staying focused and concentrated during the speach. I am usually loosing the track on my structure and content. Even if I prepare a great presentation, suddenly when standing in front of an audience, the content and my notes does not make sense at all which leads to being nervous and not able to deliver the presentation fluently and with ease.
Well I have chosen to work and live in a business environment where the success lies upon great presentation skills. Therefore I have to learn how to deal with my nervousness and concentration.
Interestingly, few days ago my boss from work asked me to join an online international conference which will be held on Tuesday - November 29 and where I should present my thoughts on a past event which I was responsible for organizing earlier this year. The presentation itself should take 15 minutes and the audience will consist of more than 100 guests both attending the conference in Greece and logged online from all around the Europe.
I plan to use this opportunity for adopting several main points and hints from your workshop. Although I won't be standing in front of a real audience, the online conference will be run by webcams. So I think that such presentation is equal to the real ones.
So here is my action plan:
1. Tomorrow, there will be in Ramphal Building another workshop related to presentational skills - run by Stephenson Hardwood - I'm planning to collect more information and hints.
2. Prepare the content and structure of the presentation. (presentation is for 10 mins)
3. Think about possible questions I might be asked. (5 mins for questions)
4. Practise, practise and practise - review the content, present it loudly several times and I guess I will force one of my friends from the campus to create an audience for me as well! (it might be also great for checking my English, so I will be confident about what I'm actually saying).
5. and smile :)
I think I covered all the main points. So wish me luck and I will keep you posted!