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I’ve been in the industry for about 20 years, hundreds of pitches, dozens of speaking events at big shows. I used to be a natural when presenting. Fluid, clever and insightful while keeping it friendly and conversational. Since covid and WFH my presentation focus is totally off. Low energy, nervous, dry mouth, reading off slides, hard to keep my mind in the bigger picture or focus on the story. Womp womp. Really getting me down and not sure how to get the magic back. Depressing.

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You've still got the magic in you! Totally normal especially when you can tell the client/team is distracted or have their camera's off entirely. It's only a matter of time when you'll be back to your old self!

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Everyone's in the same boat don't sweat it. Also there's a good chance you are looking back on your past presentation skills through rose tinted glasses. I'm sure you had plenty of hiccups and awkward moments before but the memory of them is fading.

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Try to change your mindset. Instead of fearing the butterflies when you’re about to step into the spotlight, convince yourself that those butterflies are excitement - not nerves. Convince yourself that you turn on when the spotlight shines; the animation turns on, the quick-wit turns on. Don’t over prepare, let your natural self come through. Be like Dwight.

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Change how you’re presenting. Stop sitting in front of the laptop and switch to an actual webcam and stand up.

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