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working or your audience are struggling with a particular topic. Having extra information
and additional exercises will also boost your confidence and is useful if you feel the audience
are working faster than you had predicted. Being flexible will help you stop panicking that the Please click the advert workshop is not going to finish on schedule. We will turn your CV into
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www.employerforlife.com Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 23 The Secrets to Workshop Success 7 secrets to presenting a successful workshop 5. Fake it!
While we strongly believe in being authentic and transparent, this is one time when we would
advocate faking it, at least for the first couple of minutes! Preparing properly for your workshop
will help your confidence. However, if you are one of the people who find public speaking
extremely daunting, here is a tip to get over that feeling of nausea in the first couple of minutes.
The technique we recommend is visualisation. Before your workshop or presentation, take
some time to yourself in a quiet place and close your eyes and visualise someone you believe
is full of confidence, delivering your workshop. Watch their movements, how they stand, sit,
walk around the room; how they look and sound; how they interact with the audience. Then
imagine how they feel and what they are hearing. The next step is to move into that person and
see and feel what you believe they were seeing and feeling. See yourself moving the way they
were moving. See yourself presenting a successful workshop and hearing the positive feedback
from the audience. Finally, tell yourself that what you are feeling is actually excitement and not
fear - this will really help you to get over most of your confidence issues.
6. Be aware of your audience
Prepare to find out more about your attendees before the workshop through LinkedIn and
other forms of social media. Remember that your audience will be very quick to form a first
impression of you and so from the minute they arrive at the venue be aware of how you are
presenting yourself. Put the attendees at ease (this is where knowing a little about them in
advance can help). Take time to acknowledge each arrival and show that you value their
presence. Be aware of how much you can also learn from your audience.
Working with a colleague to present a workshop can be a very effective way to help boost your
confidence and has several advantages to working on your own, for example:
• You have someone to bounce ideas off;
• You have someone to debrief with afterwards;
• You can take turns at presenting different aspects of the workshop or leading exercises;
• Two different presenters will keep your audience interested as they are listening to changing
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