In our last blog post, we talked about an 8-minute song that can decrease your stress levels by 65%. But what if you have the opposite problem? What if you don’t need to calm down, but instead, need help getting hyped up?
We’ve all heard the speaker who takes the stage to tell us how “excited” he is about what he’s about to share. The only problem is, his body language, face, and voice make him seem like he’d rather be anywhere else than giving that “exciting” presentation. When your verbal communication (what you are saying) doesn’t match up with your nonverbal communication (how you are saying it), the audience will believe your nonverbal communication every time. That’s because it occurs at a much deeper, unedited level.
If you tend to have low or calm energy during presentations, you have to work to communicate more energy and passion. Here are some strategies to help you get hyped up.
If you tend to have lack-luster presentations, it could be that your body is low on the calories or nutrients it needs to perform. Healthline has put together a list of 27 foods that can help boost your energy. But we are just going to highlight two that are easy to bring with you and snack on prior to presenting.
The best kind of passion and hype is the kind that occurs naturally. If you are excited about what you are presenting, your delivery will reflect this. One of the speakers who demonstrates this concept is Brené Brown. Watch just a little of one of her talks and see how she has energy that is both natural and engaging.
How is Brown able to speak with this kind of hype? It’s because she loves what she’s talking about. Just like something interesting you read, something funny you watched happen, or something inspiring that moved you, your presentation content should be so good, you can’t wait to talk about it.
If you’ve fueled your body and prepped great content, you now need the right mindset. Most professional speakers have things they do to hype themselves up. But it’s a matter of finding what works for you. One of my close friends is a pastor. He was facing 3 back-to-back sermons for larger-than-normal crowds on Easter Sunday. He knew he’d need extra energy, so he drank a couple Red Bull energy drinks around 7 that morning. When he delivered his message that morning, he was pacing and sweating and over-the-top energetic. He had taken a bet with Red Bull, and Red Bull won. That’s not what we are aiming for here. You don’t want to get too amped up. Instead, try one of these more natural strategies:
Presenting with energy is important. Getting hyped up is part of giving your best effort for the sake of your presentation and your audience.
Don’t know if you are an energetic or lack-luster speaker? Check out Badge, a self-assessment that will help you determine your speaking style.
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