Do you immediately start freaking out when you are asked to give a presentation at work or required to make a class presentation in school? Do you feel like such a situation is one of your worst nightmares because of the fact that you stutter? Would you avoid such situations at all cost? If so, what can you do to manage such situations in the best way you can? Here are some helpful tips for you which you can use during an oral presentation.
Actually before we get into that, let me tell you about a study.
In a study which was done for the general public, public speaking was rated as people’s #1 fear. It was rated higher than death! It is so obvious that this is a huge stress driving situation even for the so called “fluent” speakers, let alone people who suffer from stuttering.
I remember I used to have sleepless nights before a simple oral presentation in class or a work meeting. My mind used to solely focus on two things:
* what to do to avoid the situation… and in case there was no chance to avoid;
* how to totally hide my stutter or at least hide it as much as I can so I don’t make a fool of myself in front of others
…which both were extremely wrong by the way!
So anyways, back to the heart of today’s subject.
What can you do to be able to manage such situations in the best way you can? Here is a list of tips for you which you can start using immediately when it comes to giving a presentation as a person who stutters.
1) Make a humorous start and address your stutter with dignity and strength right in the beginning of the presentation.
2) Use a powerful voice tone. Avoid using a weak tone which will make you hold back.
3) Use a voice tone which is not monotone.
4) Role-play in a section if it is convenient for the specific presentation.
5) Make strong eye contact with your listeners.
6) Act as if you are confident and comfortable in your own skin, a bit on the “cool” side. Your physical state will definitely change your mental state… and both will reflect to your speech.
7) If you are working on a physical speech technique, make sure you use it all through the presentation.
8) Do not avoid any word. The more you avoid the worse it gets. The best way to defeat it is to face the feared word over and over again and prove yourself that you can say it.
9) If convenient, use humorous visual material in your presentation. That will ease the audience and you’ll feel more relaxed.
10) Focus on the outcome you want to get out of that specific situation, not what others will think about you if you stutter!
Try all or some of these the next time you face with a speaking situation where you are expected to give a presentation and see what kind of results you’ll get… and of course let me know because as I always say, the reason I am here writing this article is you and your success!