Top 10 Presentation Tips for the Terminally Timid

When Jerry Seinfeld heard most people feared public speaking more than death, he replied,

“This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”


  1. Know your audience before you start so you can shape your presentation to their perspective.
  2. Prepare a summary of your points as a handout for them – that’s what they take away with them no matter how your talk went.
  3. Practice! Practice! Practice! In particular, memorize your first few slides no matter how nervous you are at first.
  4. Bring a bottle of water with you. Don’t drink coffee before or during; it’ll make you sweat!
  5. Take three slow deep breaths before you start to relax.
  6. Start your talk by telling the audience what you are about to tell them.
  7. Connect with the audience either during or at the end of your talk with questions and answers.
  8. When it comes to mistakes of any kind, laugh and the audience with laugh with you.
  9. If your talk is after lunch when everyone feels sluggish, turn down the thermostat a degree or two. You don’t want to see their breath, just enough to keep the audience feeling refreshed.
  10. Finish your talk by reminding the audience what you just told them – with a big smile!

Check out my article, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR PRESENTATION SKILLS, on page 143 of:

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