When it comes to giving a presentation, few people can compare to the late Steve Jobs. Apple's iconic co-founder would walk on stage to deliver keynote presentations in front of thousands of media members and fans lucky enough to gain entry. Jobs, the wiry creator of such gadgets as the iPad, iPhone and iMac was known for his penchant for delivering captivating product demos. He was aided by some of the most technologically advanced visual aids in the business. Clad in his patented black mock turtleneck and jeans, Jobs mastered the art of the presentation. Even when he was unable to connect a brand new iPhone 4 to WiFi while debuting the device in 2010, he never missed a beat.
Jobs had plenty of practice at giving presentations. Someone in his position usually does. But he had to start somewhere. We all do. And for many of us, it's not as easy as people like Jobs make it look.
When you give presentations in school or at a familiar place like a church, you do so in front of peers, not colleagues. While many people get nervous, there's a familiarity here and you may feel a bit more at ease. But when you go up in front of a board of directors or potential client, it's a whole new ballgame. Chances are they know some, if not a lot of what you are going to talk about. Plus, it's for money. So the pressure can be intense.
The key to a good presentation is confidence. While some people have a knack for public speaking and giving presentations, it doesn't come so naturally to others. This article will prepare you for the next time you give a presentation so you'll look confident. The more success you have, the more confidence you'll gain. In the next section, we'll begin with a few tips on staying calm.