When I was in my early 20’s I worked for a small company and at a meeting the manager said “I would like you to make a presentation on the services of your department to the Board of Directors.” I knew he was looking my way but I thought he couldn’t be talking to me! I looked around and then just sat there until he said “Sue is that okay?” Well I had to say yes but even the thought of getting up in front of a crowd made me want to run home, lock all the doors, close all the curtains and take the phone off the hook!
Right now the people who know me are saying “is she kidding … she is always talking!” LOL. Yes it is true there was a time when I was very afraid to get up in front of a group of people. How did I overcome it? I realized I knew my department inside and out and knew that if a question was asked that I could answer it. Half the battle is to know the subject you are talking about and if you have to do some research it pays off in the end. You won’t end up being thrown by a question out of nowhere and if you are the best answer is “let me get your number and as soon as I get back to my office I will look it up and get right back to you.” Then make sure you follow through.
After my first venture in public speaking I realized how much I liked it. People will sit there and stare and at times it can be unnerving but you would be surprised at how impressed they are because a lot of those people listening to you are just as nervous about public speaking.
So muster up your confidence and stand proud at center stage because you are in the driver’s seat!