The Secret to Presenting in a Confident Manner

May 28, 2014 Katharina Lochner

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It doesn’t take much to project confidence!

Do you have a presentation coming up and all you wish for is it being over already? Because you think you are simply not a good presenter? And you are so nervous! Wait a moment. It might not take that much to be a good presenter.

On Positive Psychology News Daily Shannon Polly gives practical advice for presenting, all of it backed up by science. First and foremost she says you need to have an intention. This might be inspiring or entertaining your audience. Having a clear intention will help you put your message across to the audience.

Facial expression and posture also play an important role. It is not only our mood that influences our facial expression, but also our facial expression impacts our mood. Therefore to have a positive feeling before and during the presentation we can smile. From a previous post we also know that posing in a confident manner will make you feel confident and consequently will make you behave in a confident manner. What can such a confident pose look like? For example, stand upright, in a stable position, and open your arms. This will raise testosterone levels and lower cortisol levels so that you will most likely behave in a more confident manner.

Finally, take deep breaths, all the way into your belly so that you can feel it go up and down; breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. This will activate the parasympathetic nervous system and slow down the heart rate.

Finally, Shannon Polly advises to practice the presentation, not only in your head, but out loud!

About the Author

Katharina Lochner

Dr Katharina Lochner is the former research director for the cut-e Group which was acquired by Aon in 2017. Katharina is now a researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Iserlohn, Germany. In her role at cut-e, she applied the research in organizational and work psychology to real-world assessment practice. She has a strong expertise in the construction and evaluation of online psychometric tools.

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