Presentations can pose more than the usual challenge for introverts. After all the preparation, an introvert presenter also has to worry about facing a large group of people.
It’s commonly believed that most introverts aren’t particularly inclined to group situations. However, it doesn’t automatically mean that introverts can’t handle pitching to a crowd. Best-selling author Susan Cain is a perfect example.
Unlike their counterparts, introverts are better with intrapersonal or “inward-turning” activities.
An introvert will have little difficulty preparing the basic aspects of his presentation, like content and design. The real challenge is learning to be comfortable in front of a crowd and making sure all ideas are properly shared with the audience.
If you’re among the millions of people who identify as introverts, here’s a presentation guide that will help you command your presence in front of an audience:
Learn what you can about the audience
You might be better prepared to face a large crowd if you have enough information about them beforehand.
Because introverts are said to be better attuned to the needs of others, knowing that your presentation is exactly what the audience is expecting may put you at ease.
Of course, to get to that point, do some research first.
Learn what you can about the audience so you can tailor your presentation closer towards their expectations. In particular, answer these questions to identify the approach you need to take.
Don’t skimp on practice
There’s no other way to feel comfortable about presenting than by practicing your skills.
It will take a little bit more time, but it can go a long way in making sure that your presentation is properly delivered and executed.
Even with a tight schedule, you can still set aside some time to practice your presentation bit by bit.
Practice how you want to say each part of your presentation, as well as how you plan to use your body language to emphasize your points.
Continue practicing after everything so that you’re ready when the next presentation opportunity heads your way.
Embrace your anxiety
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, feeling nervous about a big presentation is completely normal.
Not everyone will feel fully confident about any task if there’s a lot of pressure to perform properly. The harder you try to ignore your anxiety, the more your discomfort will be evident to the audience. All you can do is accept how you feel and work to make sure it doesn’t get in your way.
Start by performing relaxation and movement exercises right before the presentation.You can also try to pump yourself up with some powerful music.
Try to get yourself excited so that you can start at a positive note.
Presentations are hard work, especially for introverts who have to work outside their comfort zone. Use this guide to make sure you’re well prepared to face the audience and create a sustained connection with them.
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The Power of Introverts. Susan Cain. TED, 2012.
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