Now this may be hard for your Inner Critic to accept but most audiences don’t want you to screw up. They are sitting there; trusting that you have a firm hand on the situation so they can relax and focus on the transfer of information.
On the other hand, I recently worked with a room full of barristers on the topic of presenting while being bullied by a judge, a disturbingly common event. In the face of potentially crippling comments on their performance, a key ingredient for them to focus on was to learn how to respond – not react; to be aware of breath control and posture, as a means to staying centred and grounded. The good news is that some simple steps in breath release, and ‘standing in stature’ pay off. It’s similar to that old ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ maxim; ultimately, the outer stance controls the inner.
Another key, and this applies to most presenters, is knowing how to play ‘status’. For women that often means knowing how to play high status without giving off those subtle little signals that say, ‘please don’t bite, I’m not really this high on the pecking order’. The stance that some women love – ankles crossed, one foot behind the other, may feel familiar but that’s the subtle subliminal message it is sending out.
For women, this raises the issue of the tightrope walk of being assertive without being aggressive. The women who attended the latest Victorian Bar Association Reader’s Course found support in discussing how to define and progress with this balancing act. Many of them found that a really useful tool was to imagine wearing a crown on their head. If this image is aligned with the breath, then as a result, the spine lifts to support it, the neck elongates and holds the head still and proud, and an aristocratic archetype moves in, that speaks of natural leadership.
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