Let me tell you a little secret. Everybody is scared and uncomfortable when it comes to their presentation skills. Now you're a beginner at presentation skills. So you may think, well, of course I have the right to be scared, which you might not realize is so many people are scared, uncomfortable, nervous, even when they've given thousands of presentations, speeches, media interviews, it's something that doesn't go away. For some people, it will go away for you after going through this course. Now, most of what I do in my day job is give face to face workshops, one on one group workshops with people to help them improve their presentation skills.
And quite often, people will start crying when they see themselves on video. And I typically say the same thing, which is, hey, relax. We're all in this together. Nobody's 21 anymore because they hate how they look and sound. I say nobody's 21 My hair's falling out. I'm getting wrinkles and gray hair.
And don't worry about it. I'll never forget one time it was in my New York City studio. I'm doing a training with a client public speaking and media training. She starts crying. So what's wrong? She just done her first presentation today watched it.
TJ I hate the way I look. I hate the way I sound. It's awful. And I was about to say what I normally did, which is you know, relax, Jennifer. It's not that bad. Nobody's 21 anymore.
But then I realized I couldn't say that, because she actually was 21. And she was a current Miss Universe. She didn't like the way she looked. She didn't like the way she said it. How could that be your thinking because she'd never seen herself on video before. So it's disorienting.
It doesn't matter how good you look. Flawless your skin, or teeth or anything else and very few of us are flawless. It's simply disorienting to human beings to watch themselves, give presentations. So if you do practice your speech or you hear it or you hear your own voice coming back on a voicemail, if you're uncomfortable with that, it's completely normal. You're in good company. So don't think of yourself as sort of uniquely scared.
It scares everyone. I remember the first time I gave a presentation, I was very nervous. Fortunately, you're here today, and there's some technology tricks, as we already talked about in the first lecture, that will make it so much easier for you to get over being scared when it comes to your presentation skills. Let's hop right in with more