Andrew Lamberto’s delivery of training presentations during his decades as a Southern California professional has allowed him to develop a stage presence that engages and entertains the audience.
Stage presences like Andrew Lamberto’s are easy, unless you’re a natural at public speaking, but you’ll need to improve yours if you’re delivering training presentations. Tips like those below will help you own the stage and interest the audience:
- Never Make Excuses. When you walk on stage to deliver a training presentation, especially if you’re nervous, it’s tempting to say something like: “I’m not great at being on stage, but…”
Such excuses do nothing for your image to the audience. Many audience members will silently reply with “Why are you wasting my time, then?” whenever a presenter makes an excuse. Avoid excuses and be confident.
- Prepare Ahead of Time. The time to do prep checks is not when you are on stage. Check your mic, deal with lighting, review your slides and check your remote ahead of time. The audience does not come to watch you prepare. The audience is there to learn from you.
If something goes wrong while you’re on stage, smile and look confident while you fix the problem. This looks better than over-prepping before a problem arises.
Following advice like the above often isn’t enough to fine-tune your stage presence. You should also read respected public speaking books, watch presentations by speakers that you admire and consider speaking with fellow presenters like Andrew Lamberto about the tricks of the trade.
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