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Presentations for Introverts

Overview

For introverts, standing up in front of a room full of people to give a presentation can be a pretty daunting task! But just because it feels unnatural doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, and with the right advice you can learn how to use your introverted nature to your advantage.

This free video discusses the differences between introverts and extroverts, and how introverts can become great presenters. This video is about far more than overcoming nerves. You’ll learn practical tips on how introverts¬†can harness their strengths and overcome the challenges they face when presenting.

What You’ll Learn

  • The difference between introversion and extroversion and famous introverts
  • Five things to consider when planning presentations: Attitude, Content, Preparation, Delivery and Follow-up
  • “Winging it” vs. preparation
  • Creating effective slides that illustrate your message rather than telling it for you
  • Desensitizing and familiarizing yourself with your content, the venue and audience to ease nervousness
  • Soft skills to overcome nerves

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Reflection

  • As an introvert,¬†what is your greatest challenge in giving a presentation?
  • What tips presented in this video can you use in preparing for and giving future presentations?

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  1. I think the hardest part about giving a presentation for me is the initial act of getting up in front of everyone. As the video narrator noted, introverts naturally shy away from large groups and I definitely prefer interacting with others one-on-one. Once I start talking, however, I can usually relax into the content I’m sharing (but only if I’ve prepared well ahead of time). This being said, sometimes it’s hard to stop myself from gauging my audience’s reaction (which can lead to me stumbling if I think it’s not being received well) – it’s like my mind is working on two planes: on one plane I’m talking, on the other I’m assessing the crowd. It’s hard to operate on both at the same time. I think this is why I like giving virtual presentations – it removes one plane and allows me to focus solely on the content.

    Also a nice reminder from the video: the audience is focused on the CONTENT, not you. And they want you to succeed! They’re participating in your presentation because they want to learn more. I know I can lose sight of this as I wrestle with anxiety and nerves.

    If you’re an introvert and struggle with presenting, I highly recommend watching this video! It’s short and offers some great tips.

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