Comfort vs. Competence
Posted by Presentation Skills on November 23, 2009
Many people say that they are comfortable when speaking to groups. Unfortunately comfort rarely equals competence.
What they mean by saying they are comfortable is that they do not feel nervous when standing in front of a group. This is not usually a good thing. Elton John once told Andrew Denton that he is always nervous before his concerts. He is not alone in performers who feel this way.
Being comfortable has nothing to do with how effective your presentation will be. Effective presentations are about connecting with your audience and having them adopt your message. They are not about you feeling comfortable.
Feel the energy that the opportunity to present gives you. Don’t call it nervousness; call it excitement!
As always, your thoughts on this are appreciated.