Do you want to know if you’re robotic or empathetic when you speak? Analyze yourself.
Watch recordings of yourself speaking. When did you look natural? Enthusiastic and energized? When did you look nervous or robotic? Note the time stamps.
OK, now do some analysis. You remember giving your talk. You remember how you felt – both in your body and about the content. So ask yourself: What were you talking about when you looked natural? How did you feel? What do you think got your body and your brain working so well in concert at that moment? Remember the connection you felt to your content, your body, and your audience – that’s your sweet spot. You replicate ease by replicating the circumstances that created it.
Now, do the same analysis for the nervous and/or robotic parts of your presentation. Were you pre-occupied? Thrown off by a bit of content you are ambivalent about? Distracted by a messed-up demo? Do what you can to minimize those things in your next presentation.
This is how you move toward your strengths and away from your vulnerabilities while on stage. Through self-awareness, investigation, and practice.
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