Imagine them wearing nothing but underwear

I’ll admit it. I sometimes get a little anxiety when I walk into a room full of clients waiting to see the work. I’m not sure why this happens, because my clients are smart, strategic and just really good people. That said, I ran across some really good advice on presenting work. Picturing people wearing unmentionables isn’t the way to tame the fear of public speaking or deliver an effective presentation. 

Instead, picture your audience as equals. You are good at what you do and they are good at what they do. You offer value and so do they. It's not about who has or makes more money. It's not about job titles, age or corporate hierarchy. It's about you having a conversation with a room full of equals. That's one of the secrets of overcoming speech anxiety - make it feel like a conversation. 

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Shelly Barson