Executive women learn to speak up at network event
Published 05/11/2015 | 02:30
business women were warned that failing to prepare can cost them when it comes to public presentations.
The Women's Executive Network (WXN) were given pointers on getting the edge in business at a masterclass in public speaking.
Over 150 women from across industries in Ireland met in Dublin's Westin Hotel as presentation specialist Rowan Manahan walked them through how to produce the perfect pitch or presentation.
The presentation guru said "you deserve to be nervous if you fail to prepare", urging those in attendance to practise until they are sick of their content.
He went on to show members of the WXN how to write an engaging story and to work that story, word for word, into an entertaining presentation.
The consultant discussed glossophobia - the fear of public speaking - and its roots in human evolution - saying that people "should be nervous" before a presentation as we as humans are programmed to be that way. He spoke about three strands of fear from public speaking, taking about group mentality and the fear of having "eyeballs" on us.
Controlling the room, controlling your space and respecting both your audience and how you present the information to them was among some of the key points.
Mr Manahan informed the audience that "slides are not handouts. If your slides can be used as stand-alone handouts, then they are lousy, lousy slides."
He added that "if you finish your brain-dump slides at 1am and are going to read them to the audience then you deserve to be nervous".
The next breakfast time gathering of the WXN will take place on December, 9 with Lucy Gaffney expected to speak.