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There’s a psychological phenomenon (that’s a word not to be used lightly when speaking in public—avoid words that are hard to pronounce!) called “being in the zone”. Athletes often speak about it in reverential tones. It means being so fully focused on your present activity that time and space melt away, and you perform at your best.
If you learn the art of public speaking, and become one of the people in your company who speaks at conferences, then you’ll find that you have a great excuse not to network. Networking, which is the main purpose of a conference, is a very different skill, and one that many speakers find challenging. Some may assume that because you have no shame in getting up in front of a room full of people that you will also have great networking skills, but I find the opposite is true. When you give a talk, you’re focusing on your words and delivery. When you network, you’re focusing on the other person, and reacting to their internal state.
Conferences are hard work, but the reward, the adrenaline rush you get from speaking in front of an interested audience makes the hard work worth it. We want to ensure that you get as much from speaking at conferences as you possibly can.
The expression “what can go wrong will go wrong” doesn’t have to be true. Here are some tips that you can use to ensure that both you and your audience get the most value from the experience.
Below are a few tips from experts on preventing and dealing with AV problems when they occur.
(metsitaba is also a startup. Read my weekly diary in the Irish Independent newspaper to follow our story. Warning: radical openness!)