This week I had a horrifying experience. I videoed taped myself giving a presentation and then watched it!!! While it was extremely painful to watch, it was extremely helpful as well. It is an opportunity to take notice of things you don't often think about while speaking, the finer points of presenting.
One of the big things I learned by the process is I can benefit by using more definitive language in an effort to become a more confident speaker. I am told this is an issue that is more common among women than men.
To illustrate what I mean, let's use a Listing Presentation as an example.
"I think we should list your house at..." vs. "It is my recommendation that we list at..."
"I'll try to explain how I got to this price..." vs. "I will explain..."
"Hopefully after this presentation you'll use me" vs "After this preesntation, I think you'll agree that I am the best person to list"
Power robbing words to eliminate:
Ø I guess
Ø I hope
Ø I think
- I will
- I recommend
- I urge
- I would like to suggest
You can be the most qualified Agent in the world, but when these word slip into a presentation, they can detract from the power of a presentation.