runway23
Posts: 1914
Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2005 2:12 am

Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:37 pm

I have an oral presentation in just over 3 hours and am quite a bit nervous as it is the first presentation I do infront of a large room (200 or more people). Any presentation I have done up to now has been maximum 30-40 people.

How do you cope with the pressue and calm down?
 
Evan767
Posts: 2198
Joined: Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:52 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:48 pm

Make yourself think nobody real cares about what you're presenting. In most cases, they don't. It helps for me. It also helps if you'd have taken a communications class. (I recommend it)
The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
 
hawkercamm
Posts: 108
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:15 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:50 pm

I would recommend 3 pints of stella. Strong european larger.
 
D950
Posts: 472
Joined: Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:17 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:53 pm

Try to imagine a room full of friends and family, get some Chivas, (or Columbian) and walk in like you own the place.
Resting on your laurels is a synonym for flirting with disaster
 
georgiaame
Posts: 949
Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:55 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:59 pm

This is airline related? Anyway: First, these people are your friends, they are really interested in what you have to say, otherwise, they wouldn't be there. Also, they don't have the info you have; if they had, again, they wouldn't be there... So go knock them dead.

I cannot understand how people can't enjoy speaking to a crowd. I love doing it. One of my little tid bits: While you are speaking, look around the room, and make direct eye contact with individuals in the audience. You don't have to hold it for long, just speak directly to multiple individuals. You will get results.

And when all else fails, an as needed prescription for propanolol (a blood pressure med) taken 1 hour before speaking usually works minor miracles.

Good luck.
"Trust, but verify!" An old Russian proverb, quoted often by a modern American hero
 
hawkercamm
Posts: 108
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:15 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:13 pm

In all seriousness I think confidence, self believe and a good understanding in what you are presenting are the most important thing.

The quality of your presentation helps a lot. If its Powerpoint don't put too many words onto a slide. Try to make your slides bullet points. If you understand what your presenting you can expand on the bullet points during the presentation naturally and don't come across script reading.
 
geotrash
Posts: 293
Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2001 1:25 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:19 pm

Hard to offer the advice you need in an internet forum, but the key for me is to have fun with it. Some things to live by:

1.) The audience WANTS you to succeed in a presentation. Most will be pulling for you.
2.) YOU will be paying far more attention to the details and minor screw ups than they will. Most will never notice.
3.) Keep it lively and put good natured humor in when you can.
4.) It's ALL in the delivery. Think of how hysterical Bill Cosby's delivery can make an ordinary thing.
5.) Walk around a lot. Engage with people. Make lots of eye contact.
6.) Smile A LOT. Laugh and people will laugh with you.
7.) Talking to 200 or 5000 people is no different than talking to 30 or 40. We only think it is.

Cheers,
Dave
 
Toast
Posts: 1249
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:04 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:47 pm



Quoting HawkerCamm (Reply 2):
3 pints of stella. Strong european larger.

Do you mean Stella Artois? The unexciting, rank-and-file beer par excellence...

Anyway, I woudln't recommend beer. Struggling not to burp whan talking in public is torture and can backfire badly. A shot of vodka is much better. One, not two or more.

There really are no reliable methods to fight stage fright except this: be charming and funny. Get them to laugh once or twice and your stress will disappear in no time. Even the dullest subject can be presented in an entertaining way, and there is really no excuse for boring speeches. However, most people are mentally prepared for tedium, because that's what they usually get. Surprise them.

I'll admit I'm a bit of a stage whore, and I love having a crowd that enjoys my bullshit. My record audience was about 2500 people, but numbers are really, really meaningless. Be witty and they'll be eating from your hands. Believe me, getting a roar of laughter from an audience is the next best thing to sex.  Smile

Good look. Big grin
Shit Piss Fuck Cunt Cocksucker Motherfucker Tits
 
dl021
Posts: 10836
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 12:04 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:18 pm

DO some warmups prior to the event and watch the others who are speaking. Rehearse your presentation and start off lightly with some humor of some sort. Self-depracatory is fine.

Use notecards to help stay on track. When you lose your place refer back to the last card you turned over. Don't say UM or YOU KNOW at all....silence is better.

Look at the audience and establish eye contact with several people and remember that they're on your side. It makes it easier to focus partially on a few people while not ignoring the rest of the crowd.

Have fun...make fun of yourself a little but not too much....and be enthusiastic. If you've chosen a topic to sell (presenting is selling) then you should like it and your enthusiasm will be catching.

Bon chance.
Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
 
AC320
Posts: 2809
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 11:29 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:20 pm

Picture everyone naked.

If they're ugly, imagine naked and attractive people.
fuddle duddle
 
greasespot
Posts: 2955
Joined: Sat Apr 24, 2004 10:48 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:20 pm

Do it naked...then they will be to shocked and you can say gibberish and no one will notice.

GS

oh and as everyone else said you will be fine.
Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
 
NeilYYZ
Posts: 2443
Joined: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:55 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:22 pm

It's different for everyone. I used to have a quick drink before I went up in front of people to present. And if you've presented in front of 40 or 50 it's no different than 200. Just go ahead and do it like you've done in the past.

I have done so many presentations throughout university that now I just stand up there and talk like there is no one even in the room. But the more you do it the easier it'll be. Good luck!
It may be too early to drink scotch... But it is NEVER too early to think about it...
 
RJdxer
Posts: 3523
Joined: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:14 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:26 pm



Quoting Runway23 (Thread starter):
How do you cope with the pressue and calm down?



Quoting DL021 (Reply 8):
Look at the audience and establish eye contact with several people and remember that they're on your side.

Nah, forget the eye contact. Focus on checking out the womens boobs. Depending on the type of presentation don't try and tell any jokes at the beginning. If they go flat, so will you. Just talk to them and everything will be alright.
Warm winds blowing, heating blue skies, and a road that goes forever. I'm going to Texas!
 
Toast
Posts: 1249
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:04 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:27 pm



Quoting DL021 (Reply 8):
Bon chance.

Bonne chance. Tsk tsk.

Other than that, you give sound advice, so I'll turn a blind eye to your inhumane treatment of the French language.  duck   Wink
Shit Piss Fuck Cunt Cocksucker Motherfucker Tits
 
Kieron747
Posts: 2461
Joined: Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:17 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:12 pm

The biggest I have done was in front of about 100 members of the Royal Society of Chemistry Conference back in 2001ish when reporting on my PhD progress.

All I can say is practice beforehand, and look towards the back of the room. You'll probably have several bright lights on your face and you won't be able to see anyone anyway. Keep to time (there's nowt worse than being cut off if you overrun. . Act confident and lighthearted, and GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kieron
Airliners.Net - The Jam Rag Of The Web.
 
petertenthije
Posts: 3256
Joined: Tue Jul 10, 2001 10:00 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:58 pm



Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 14):
All I can say is practice beforehand,

That's the one thing I do not do. I have been to a few presentations (in particular back at college) where someone was obviously putting on a well rehearsed show. Those shows are just less appealing to watch at then something that is "improvised" at the spot. A large risk is that something may interupt the show (a question, technical problems with the projector) and the presenter looses the grip and it goes down from there. Instead remember the subjects you want to talk about.

Of course feel free to practise the prononciation of techincal terms and the names (if known) of some of the key people in your audience. It is embarrasing if you want to involve your customer, and then mispronouncehis name. Before you ask, that has not happened to me yet.

Use the little cards mentioned earlier. If you know the subject, and you do otherwise you would not give the presentation, then those little cards should be well enough.

Remember to speak in the microphone. I made that mistake at my first large presentation. Fortunately the acoustics where great and I was very confident so I spoke somewhat loud so everyone could follow it.

Should be obvious, but articulate clearly.
Attamottamotta!
 
DLPMMM
Posts: 2118
Joined: Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:34 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:21 pm

Smile, grow a pair, and use 'em. (in other words, speak up)

Don't rush, relax.

Smile.

Don't rush.

Know your material.

Smile

Don't rush.

I've sung in front of as many as a couple thousand more than once. People want to like your presentation.

Even if you screw up, they won't kill you, or even incarcerate you, so....

Speak up.

Smile

Relax,

Don't rush!

know your material.

Don't sweat it.

Junst enjoy it.

Cheers
 
LAXspotter
Posts: 3227
Joined: Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:16 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:22 pm



Quoting D950 (Reply 3):
imagine a room full of friends and family, get some Chivas, (or Columbian

you know you always hear about eye contact, what you should do is just look at their top of their heads, that way you wont be shocked to actually have eye contact and you will still look like your looking at your audience like a true orator.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:51 pm

Look beyond the Audience while performing is the Key.Think positive.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
Kieron747
Posts: 2461
Joined: Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:17 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:10 pm



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 15):
That's the one thing I do not do. I have been to a few presentations (in particular back at college) where someone was obviously putting on a well rehearsed show.

You've obviously misunderstood my comment.

I'm not saying read from a script or have crib cards, there could be nothing worse!

I'm saying "know your stuff" and have a plan, and improvise along the way.

Believe me, you can plan a few jokes that appear spontaneous but which fall in with your pre-planned accepted spiel of a speech.

Act humble. The majotity of your audience will have had to do the same before and will have been as worried as yourself.


"There is nothing new under this Sun or the next" - Sherlock Holmes.

K
Airliners.Net - The Jam Rag Of The Web.
 
dl021
Posts: 10836
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 12:04 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:36 pm



Quoting Toast (Reply 13):
Bonne chance. Tsk tsk.

Yeah yeah yeah.....I have the writing ability of a French 5th grader..... I know....my mother laughed when I told her about this one....

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 19):
Act humble. The majotity of your audience will have had to do the same before and will have been as worried as yourself.

Well, I don't think that Tim's going to have to "ACT" humble....you on the other hand probably have some difficulty!  Wink
Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
 
ronglimeng
Posts: 562
Joined: Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:12 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:07 pm

So Runway23, a day has passed. How did it go?
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:32 pm

Yup What transpired.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
UTA_flyinghigh
Posts: 6304
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2001 8:46 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:47 pm

I heard he passed out as he was being introduced. More news when I get them.

UTA  checkeredflag 
Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
 
Kay
Posts: 1797
Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2002 3:41 pm

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:57 pm

Well, for next time, here's my trick which works for me everytime (max 40 people though):

lock yourself up and stand and present it alone, loud (not silently), exactly three times.

It's amazing how many loopholes, gaps and irregularities or shortcuts your brain tends to jump to (erroneously) the first few times (and when under stress) and this will iron everything out, you'll look as smooth and relaxed as can be during the presentation because it is taking no effort at all.

Kay
 
Dougloid
Posts: 7248
Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:44 am

RE: Coping With Presenting Infront Of 200+ People

Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:26 pm

Some of the best advice I ever got was from Professor Keith Miller who said "When giving a presentation, get up, make three good points and sit down." It's served me well, because as the Bard said, brevity is the soul of wit.

Another good bit of advice from David O'Connor, a Cook County prosecutor, when talking about giving effective opening and closing statements: "You should be able to summarize the most complex case in twelve minutes or less, because that's the attention span of the average juror."
If you believe in coincidence, you haven't looked close enough-Joe Leaphorn

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 30 guests