Presentation Training: Charisma Can Be Trained

Presentation training helps you to have a positive charisma

A positive charisma can be trained like a muscle. Over time, regular presentation training produces a completely different, confident public demeanor.

There are people who immediately stand out in a crowd. For this, they usually do not need flashy dresses or hairstyles. They are simply very present. Such personalities are also called charismatic. We all know the inconspicuous, rather shy fellow human beings who are easily overlooked at events. Now imagine that at an event, two speakers were giving their presentation at the same time in different rooms. It just so happens that you met both speakers in advance. One speaker has a PowerPoint presentation on one of your favorite topics at the start. But after a limp handshake at the greeting, your efforts to engage him in conversation failed miserably because he could barely open his mouth with shyness. The second speaker was quite different. He greets you with a winning smile, inquires about your interests, and invites you to be a guest at his presentation, which is about to begin. He promises you some interesting new insights, even if his topic is not your area of expertise. Never before would he have been so convinced of anything as he was about to present. He makes another little joke and says goodbye, saying that he would be happy to see you in the audience in a few minutes. Which presentation would you go to?

A charismatic speaker is more convincing.

Presumably, you would tend to attend the event that offers you more entertainment. The “gray mouse” lecturing on your preferred topic did not impress you positively. The other speaker probably made you curious and “sold” his presentation to you better. Would that really have been the right choice? Probably yes, because the greatest content is not effective if the speaker can hardly open his mouth due to stage fright or simply “rattles off” his presentation in a monotone voice. On the other hand, you can thoroughly enjoy a content that is not so sparkling in terms of subject matter if the speaker is positively bubbling over with charisma and can captivate his audience with his professional appearance. Time and again, I have seen rather average PowerPoint presentations become a real success because the speaker convinced everyone with his presence and his own enthusiasm.

What fundamentally distinguishes speakers from each other? Why do some have a winning charisma and others do not? The difference lies in the inner attitude and practical experience. The more practice you have, the more positive your inner attitude towards your own abilities. Experience brings self-confidence and this self-confidence also affects the audience. Fun, enthusiasm or the good mood of the speaker also have an immediate effect on the auditorium. But that doesn’t happen on its own. This requires practical experience and you need professional presentation training.

Let’s say a young employee has put together a passable PowerPoint presentation and is asked to present to a large audience for the first time in his or her life. Very likely, he will get severe stage fright. It is to be expected that he will make mistakes on his debut and not look particularly confident. In the end, he will be glad to have completed this baptism of fire. The question is how he deals with the experience. Perhaps he is impressed by the fact that so many people listened to him; he gets a slight feeling of triumph and decides to repeat the experience. But maybe his decision after that is: Never again!

In any case, any external experience we have will lead to reactions within ourselves. Speaking in front of many people causes a physical and emotional reaction (e.g., clammy hands, anxiety, etc.). This reaction is stored as an experience. From these experiences we form our beliefs (e.g., talking in front of people scares me). When a similar experience looms in the near future, we imagine how we will be afraid again. This again leads to physical and emotional reactions, to even more stage fright, and thus a negative cycle is closed. However, even if you deal with such situations rather calmly, this cycle of experience – reaction – inner conviction and expectation will result in you not delivering the best performance you would be capable of. What you need are conscious boundary shifts to grow.

Get out of the comfort zone!

A jogger only becomes a marathon runner if he keeps pushing his limits. If he only runs through the park for ten minutes once a week, the 42 marathon kilometers will always remain out of reach for him. He always has to run a little longer, go to his limits and sometimes above them. Professional presenting is no different. The born speaker practically does not exist. But there are trainers and methods that turn a miserable speaker into a good one, and good speakers into downright audience magnets. At our presentation boot camps, we have repeatedly experienced that true quantum leaps are achieved in the participants through just one day of joint, professional work. The tricks of our trainers are proven and have an immediate effect. Like all good coaches, they naturally challenge their students. Quite friendly, but firm. These experiences act as catalysts for the whole character of many participants. This feeling of “I can do so much more” and the self-confidence gained in contact with others will not be limited to presenting. It has amazing effects on almost all areas of life.

Get out of your old behavior patterns!

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity would be doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So if you feel that you are not yet making the best impact in presentations, you can start to look at things in a new way. To get the best results from your presentations, when in doubt, put everything to the test once (including through presentation training). Are your documents really professional and up to date with the latest technology? Is your usual approach to a presentation really effective or could you be much more successful with it? Have small errors crept in over time or even a gross blunder that has gone undetected until now? Does your audience think you are relaxed, or do they notice insecurities? What behaviors are limiting you? Objective feedback from a presentation expert can show you weak points and potential for improvement in a short time. So be bold and take advantage of professional presentation training.

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Presentation Expert and Coach Matthias Garten Presentation TrainingDipl.-Wirtsch.-Informatiker Matthias Garten is the expert for multimedia presentations. He is an entrepreneur, speaker (TOP 100 Speaker), trainer (TOP 100 Excellence Trainer), multiple book author, presentation coach (presentation training), member of the GSA and Club 55, organizer of the Presentation Conference and the Presentation Bootcamp. In addition to PowerPoint and presentation training, he inspires and advises companies to present themselves even more effectively and thus stand out from competitors. He is the business owner of the presentation and PowerPoint agency smavicon Best Business Presentations and with his team has created over 15,000 presentations for over 150 industries since 1993.