Mark Twain famously said that there are only two types of speakers in the world: the nervous and liars. What he meant, of course, was that those who say they are not nervous lie. So, let’s be honest: When we think of a presentation, we fear being judged, criticized, or laughed at. We fear doing something embarrassing or saying something stupid. Some of us fear boring people to sleep. If you are nervous when you have to speak in front of a crowd, you are in a great company: Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Hugh Grant, and many, many outstanding individuals had this problem.
You know, it’s that issue when your palms sweat, your mouth is dry, you are feeling knots in your stomach and cannot remember the things you wanted to say in the first place. Let’s open a typical book on presentation making. The things such a book tells us are how to prepare the content, build a great story, create the slides, and make sure you speak clearly, articulately, naturally, etc. Makes sense, doesn’t it? But does it work for people with public speaking anxiety?
With all the power of imagination, it’s hard to picture a room full of strangers who cough, nibble, surf, text, write emails, or simply make all sorts of distracting noises – and look at you in a slightly less-than-friendly way. How would you react to it? The book provides general advice, but fails to make you feel this way. Well, you may say, I can find a public speaking coach. Someone who can tell me how to articulate, enunciate, breathe, and control my body language and tone of voice. That’s fine, if you are practicing alone or together with the coach. But facing a crowd is a whole different kettle of fish. Practicing in front of a group of friends might seem like a good idea, but they would have to have extraordinary acting skills to imitate a typical audience. Besides, seeing familiar faces take the edge off the entire experience.
So, how do you combine a real audience experience and the presence of a coach giving you feedback to beat that stage fright and look your best? You are in luck, because Spacters AI does just that: monitors your presentation, gives you immediate feedback on how you speak and move and how good your visuals are, and, most importantly, puts you in front of a realistically looking crowd.