(Closed) NWR – do you have to give presentations for your job?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The presentations I usually give are at large international conferences. The most helpful thing for me was realizing that as a native english speaker I have so many advantages compared to all the other speakers so I often look good in comparison. The other thing that helps is practice. When I have practiced a speech so many times that I’m bored with it, it helps to take the edge off. Hope that helps?

Post # 4
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877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yep, I’m a prof so I’m at the front of the lecture hall every semester!  I also present at conferences in front of hundreds of people.  The first time I presented at a conference as a student, I was shaking!  I had to hold on to the lectern for support, but the presentation still went smoothly.

Some tips to help you cope: practice your presentation!  Do it in front of a mirror, a friend, family member, or even your pet.  Just practice it over and over again.  Keep in mind that the audience isn’t judging you, they are there to listen to what you have to say.  You are also the person who knows the subject material better than any one else in the room, so just be confident!  Good luck! 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I give personal safety presentations, and I’ve done them so many times they don’t even bother me anymore.  The only part I ever dread is the question period.  People ask some totally off the wall questions so I have to be quick on my feet!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@ritsi_bitsi: Hey I am a prof too! I am so comfortable lecturing, I never get nervous anymore. At the beginning, I would get nervous for about 5 minutes beforehand, then I would  think fu*k it and just do it. I have been told that if nothing else, I am quite entertaining. I also give presentations at conferences and feel pretty comfortable doing that too.

My advice is to pick a few friendly-looking people throughout the room and look at them as you give your presentation.

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