Everyone has to give a presentation at some point and with it usually comes stage fright. How do you improve or deal with stage fright? You keep rehearsing and practicing? You work on your eye contact and posture? Do you look back on what has or hasn't gone well past presentations and try improving upon those?
A good point from a blog I read is that "Nothing cuts stage fright like focusing on the million ways you're doin' it wrong."
Unless you are an actual paid performer, like a comedian or musician, etc, the audience did not come to see you. They actually came for themselves. They came to learn about the subject or matter to be presented. So this is all comes down to perspective. Next time you prepare for a presentation, ask yourself what you want the audience to take away from your presentation. Focus on what the audience experiences. What is the goal of the presentation? Should the audience walk away with more confidence? More motivation? More knowledge? Build upon the goal of what you want the audience to obtain, and go from there.
By changing your focus on being a good presenter to having a good audience experience, it would change the bar from high to low, making it easier to reach. Of course you have to have basic presentation skills, like speaking loud enough for the audience to hear, and having a easy-to-read font size, etc. But again the important concept here is to focus on the audience experience.
A quick tip I'd like to add is at the beginning of a presentation, a good way to draw an audience in is not by using comedy or introducing yourself, but by simply asking a question. Ask a question that the audience would liked answered, and it would be answered by having the presentation.
Posted by: Adrian Lee; PharmD Candidate 2014