What if I told you the key to presenting confidently is tied to the way you breathe? As adults we have formed bad habits that inhibit us from taking full, supportive breaths. If you have a baby you may notice, despite all the crying, they are never hoarse and never run out of energy because they are breathing naturally without worry or bad habits.
Engaging with your supportive, natural breath leads to stronger presentations. Breathing: it’s something you do everyday without giving it a second thought.
Now, think about how you speak on an everyday basis. Typically you don’t run out of breath in the middle of your thought or even during a long rant. Your mind and body know how to breathe efficiently. However, when anxiety creeps in during public speaking, breathing may become difficult which can ruin your presentation. By actively working towards supportive breath, you are already one large step closer to a more engaging presentation because you are able to calm your nerves, connect to your body, and connect to the audience through breath. When doing this, you can start and finish your presentation without a hitch.
Starting with breath means that you are calming your mind and body before your presentation, speech or pitch. You will walk into the room, or log on to Zoom, with confidence. Once you find your supportive breath, before you begin, you must continue using that breath throughout your entire presentation.
Connecting with your breath does not mean that you won’t be nervous or mess up. It means that you have the tools to speak with clarity, engage with your audience, and make an impact.
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