1. Blackout because of distractions
Don’t look at them.
Let me explain…
This is a negative answer because the more you do eye contact, your audience engages better. However, when you look at the crowd or the phone while recording, you get a sense that people are judging you.
In that situation instead of focusing on the content, you start evaluating yourself. How you are looking, How you are speaking, whether your dress is right, whether your hairs coming out and so on.
Basically, you distract from the content and get stuck or blackout.
So, in that situation you just need to do one thing; that is focus back on your content.
How can you do that?
- If you are in front of a live audience look away from the audience and recall your content where you were.
- If you are in front of the camera. look away from your camera and recall your content.
Note: If you are recording through your phone, then you better record it through your back camera. This will help you not to judge yourself while you are talking about something. Just make sure to set the camera properly.
However, the fun fact is while trying to recall your content other distracting thoughts might come that ” What they would be thinking now? Oops! my time is going on etc.”
Note: Do this in your early stage of speaking.
Why I can’t do eye contact?
Eye contact comes from confidence. If you want to do eye contact then be confident about your speech.
- Think your content will improve their life.
- You are having a genuine intention.
- Your content is inspiring.
- You believe your content is important and it should be heard.
- Believe people can’t afford to miss out on this.
If you start feeling like this, you will get the confidence to deliver. When you will deliver others will listen more because of your content but because of your intention.
Your intention is the silent factor that makes your speech more effective.
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2. How to present without getting stuck?
Design your content in such a way that nobody can forget.
See, you should not only be worried about yourself that you will forget the content. as a speaker or a presenter it is your job to make sure your audience remember everything that you have spoken.
How can you do that ?
By storytelling. Yes! people never forget stories neither you will. If you learn the art you will never go blackout and you will love telling stories. If you are a beginner in speech start with stories. I always tell this to my students of PUBLIC SPEAKING FAMILY to always go with the stories.
Here are the steps:
- Set up
While designing the content you should go in a reverse direction.
- What should be your message?
- What story you can find to explain that message?
- Set up for that story?
Yes, you should first define the message and then describe a story that speaks about that message and then find how you can start that story? to know more about storytelling visit this article.
The best part of telling story is people take interest, listen to you carefully, take the knowledge and never forget it.
What else do you need ?
3. How to present without feeling nervous
Use bullet points.
The reason is this…
If you are feeling you are going to forget some content then you better prepare your content in such a way that you will glide over it.
So, break the entire speech in to different parts and write down those bullet points.
Bullet points should be such words that could remind you of the entire content.
If in case you are getting lost and find yourself stuck, then look back to the bullet point hop on to the conclusion of that bullet point or you can move on to the next point.
As I have said above, have a story in each bullet point. Or you may have more than one story to explain what you want to speak. That is also completely fine.
By making bullet points you get overall idea of what you are going to express, you make a mind map. You might feel little difficult to remember those bullet points in sequence in the beginning, but when you do it for many times, It will become your habit.
4. What to do when you get stuck in presentation.
Crack a joke.
That depends upon the situation but you can do that. And it is effective also.
The idea is people know that it is not possible to remember the entire content, so when you say, ” oops! I forgot” they accept you. They know this happens.
They might laugh at it but remember they will not laugh at you.
Accept and admit what you are going through. That shows your genuineness.
5. What to do if you feel like getting stuck in the speech?
Remember until and unless you are there on the stage you are the king they will listen to you.
Just think you are the superior. There might be a few seniors or authority may be but you have an unique perspective and respect that.
Do you think a King ever get scared to speak before his audience?
Feel the same. Ignore the authorities. When you stop thinking about them you automatically start speaking and do not hesitate to express not stuck anywhere.
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