“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere” — Lee Iacocca, ex CEO of Ford
Even now as a seasoned User Experience Designer and a Professor, my kryptonite is presenting my work. Like anyone in a creative field, the feeling that everyone’s going to hate my work is overwhelming, but working with Dana and Colleen from On Camera Coaches of New York City has been a game changer for me. I asked Dana and Colleen to share their brilliance, the following is advice to help you present your work in the best possible light…
Dana and Colleen’s 5 basic tips to nail your UX Presentation:
- Your stance: Your feet should be right under your hips, this will ground you body. Secondly, your toes should be your compass and point to whom you want to win over.
- Body language: Keep your hands loose at your side, bring them up when you want to emphasize a point.
- - Remember nervous body language (pulling on your fingers, clasping your hands in front or behind you, crossing your arms, etc.) betrays your message and diminishes confidence.
- SMILE when you speak. Your colleagues should hear the smile in your voice. Say NO to vocal fillers! Avoid using “um,” “ahh,” “so,” “like,” “basically…” They detract from your expertise.
- Connect to increase your credibility. Your audience will invest emotionally if you find the connection to your message, tell a personal story or tell why your project is important to you.
How to Combat Nerves:
- Release your tense energy by doing something physical…
Jumping jacks (our favorite!)
- Channel your inner eagle — spread your wings, take a deep breath and release… you’ll feel like you can fly!
- Simply breathe! Take a few deep breaths.
Dana and Colleen are media coaches who work with celebrities, models, CEO’s and startup entrepreneurs. They can be reached at: On Camera Coaches