Being a speaker is certainly not easy. Especially if you are still new to a community and don't get a "trust" yet. Unlike the case with a celebrity or politicians who already have "status" and have "fans" who certainly believe in every word they say. The good news is that wherever and whenever you will create presentation event, there is always an opportunity to cultivate trust even if nobody knows you before. Here are some tips from DoctorSlide to build positive credibility and trust about your profile.
Digital Track Record
This first tip is really important for you, especially in a world connected with technology. It could be that when you are presenting, one of the audience is checking your social media profile just to make sure it's correlated with your words. Beware and adjust your track record, both in the digital world and in the real environment. An example is to check whether your Linkedin / Instagram account reflects who your true self-image is? Avoid clash between what you want to show in real world with your digital profile.
Deliver Valid and True Data
You can gain credibility by always deliver valid and true statement/data. Avoid the behavior of making up false data without any clear theoretical / factual basis. Again in this digital era, there are many ways to verify what you have been said. If you don't know the answer to a question from audience yet, don't hesitate to ask more times in responding the question later after the session rather than making up wrong statement.
Eye contact is indeed one of our five senses that is quite capable of showing our true personality and authenticity. Treat everybody equal by paying attention to their eyes regularly throughout the presentation. The movement around the audience in the room will help you to get special attention while gaining credibility as a trusted presenter.
Not Afraid to Receive Questions
If you have time at the end of the session, always give the audience a chance to ask questions. By answering questions, you can show how capable you are in mastering the presentation material that resulted a trust. You can also receive questions in other methods (if you really do not have a special time) by displaying your e-mail address or telephone number on the presentation screen for further communication.
The last tip that would be also impactful is to provide a series of testimonials related to the products / services that you offer or about the company or your profile. Third party opinions will greatly help create a valid image of yourself and force the audience to believe.
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