Imagine someone asks you to deliver a presentation to the board in a few days’ time. You immediately start worrying about who will be there, how long the presentation will be and about the questions you won’t be able to answer…and all this before you’ve even put pen to paper to design your presentation!
A useful way to prevent being a rabbit in headlights, is to focus on your circles of concern and influence…
The things that fall into your circle of concern are the things you can’t control, or have very little control over, such as:
The things that fall into your circle of influence are all the things you can do something about, such as:
There’s nothing to gain from worrying about the things that fall into your circle of concern. You should focus your energy on the things that fall into areas you can influence – the things you can control.
The PU View
We use this model a lot in our courses. Originally made famous in the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey, we use the model to help people put things into perspective, in this case worrying about a presentation. It isn’t to say you should completely ignore the things in your concern; for example, where the participants sit may fall into your circle of concern, however, after speaking with the organiser, you may be able to move people around.
In essence, it’s a really simple model that will hopefully help you to take a step back and calm you down!
If you’re a little nervous about presenting, a great book to read is Presentation Skills for Quivering Wrecks – a really down to earth book for of useful tips and advice
Here’s Mike sharing some of his thoughts on presenting on our YouTube channel