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What is State-Change and how can it improve your next presentation

Is it possible to instantly change your state of mind?  When you are waiting to be called up to deliver your speech, what can you do to chase away that building anxiety? Is it possible to instantly transform your body to a state of excitement and confidence. 

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 Some people would say yes. 

I remember watching a Tony Robbins seminar he called on someone in the audience who was overwhelmed by fear and self-doubt.  She had a lifelong fear of public speaking and was struggling to even stand up in front of the audience.

What he did next was interesting.  

He asked the audience member to physically stand up and move around while making exaggerated, confident gestures. He encouraged them to jump up and down, clap their hands, and shout affirmations of self-belief.  Basically, to make herself look a bit silly (but also confident).

Of course,, she looked pretty awkward and resistant.  But as she continued, her demeanor started to change. Her face shifted from anxiety to determination, and her voice became stronger.

Within minutes, she was not only speaking confidently in front of the entire audience but was also sharing a heartfelt story about her journey to overcome fear.

Hardly scientific proof.  But still an interesting example of how a deliberate change in physiology and mindset can rapidly shift someone’s state from fear to confidence.

So what exactly is state-change?

State-change methodology involves deliberately altering your emotional and psychological state through a combination of physical actions, mental strategies, and emotional shifts.

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It is based on the concept that your mind and body are interconnected.  A change in your physiology can change your mindset.

This approach includes practices such as power poses, deep breathing, visualization, positive affirmations, and deliberate shifts in language and focus.

By actively engaging with these techniques, you can elevate confidence, energy, and emotional well-being.

How can you use State-change in your next presentation?

With that in mind, here are some practical exercises you can try next time you are preparing to give a presentation.

Before Your Presentation:

Power Pose: Before taking the stage, assume a power pose (standing tall, chest out, hands on hips) for a few minutes. This can boost your confidence and reduce anxiety.

Visualization: Use visualization techniques to mentally rehearse a successful presentation. Imagine yourself speaking confidently, engaging the audience, and receiving positive feedback.

Positive Affirmations: Repeat positive affirmations to yourself to build self-assurance. For instance, “I am a confident and effective speaker,” or “I have valuable insights to share.”

Energizing Breathing: Practice deep, energizing breaths to calm your nerves and increase oxygen flow to your brain. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.

During Your Presentation:

Powerful Posture: Maintain good posture throughout your presentation. Stand tall, make eye contact, and use purposeful gestures. Your physical presence can convey confidence.

Vocal Variety: Use your voice effectively to convey enthusiasm and engagement. Vary your tone, pitch, and pace to keep the audience engaged.

Energy and Enthusiasm: Infuse your presentation with energy and enthusiasm. Your passion for the topic will be contagious and captivate the audience.

Positive Language: Choose positive and empowering language in your speech. Frame challenges as opportunities and solutions. Avoid negative or self-doubting statements.

Engaging the Audience:

Eye Contact: Maintain strong and confident eye contact with your audience. This connection can help you feel more in control and engaged.

Interactive Elements: Incorporate interactive elements into your presentation, such as asking questions, encouraging participation, or sharing anecdotes. These activities can create a positive energy flow.

Positive Feedback Loop: As you receive positive reactions from the audience, such as smiles or nods, use these cues to reinforce your positive state.

Post-Presentation Reflection:

Gratitude: Reflect on your presentation with gratitude, focusing on what went well and what you learned from any challenges. This positive perspective can improve your confidence for future presentations.

By applying state change techniques before, during, and after your presentations, you can enhance your overall performance, connect more effectively with your audience, and deliver presentations with increased confidence and impact.