Do you have to present in your job (I do)? Does this make you nervous (yes, it does)? Are you worried you don’t have what it takes (yes, from time to time)? So, what’s the secret to being a great speaker, is it charisma or something else?
We’ve probably all seen speakers with charisma. They can be both inspiring and frustrating. Inspiring as in “why can’t I be like that,” frustrating as in “I can’t speak or connect like that.”
In this article, the author makes the case that presence, rather than charisma, can lead to a good experience (both for the speaker and the audience). It takes some prep (doesn’t everything) and it’s possible you can become more comfortable in the front of the room.
My clients, particularly those in more technical fields, often suffer from the same self doubt this CEO expressed — that they can never be great speakers because they lack charisma. Who would listen to their “dry” presentation or remember what they say? How wrong they are! What they need instead is presence. Presence is within reach of any speaker, especially those in highly technical, “dry” fields.