Dale Carnegie and Presentation Lessons

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a book I’ve read when I was in college 14 years ago. It has helped me grow as a person and as  a professional and has indeed helped me make great friends and influence people along the way. I won’t delve much into all his profound teachings here. What I’d like to share with you are three presentation lessons we can all learn from the great man himself, Dale Carnegie.

1. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – The more we procrastinate doing the hardest part of our presentation or whatever job is at hand, the more stressed out we’re going to be. So to end our pain and suffering, face the hard parts first, do them and notice how light and easy things seem to flow afterward.

2. “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.” – This is somehow similar to the saying “Fake it til you make it.” Sometimes, we really have to take the first step towards success or towards building our confidence by acting like we know what we’re doing, or faking our confidence. Soon enough, our mind will follow our behavior and we will truly become how we project ourselves outwardly.

3. “First ask yourself: what is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst. – If presenting or speaking in public is really hard for you, ask yourself this question. Then accept whatever answer comes to mind. For example, your answer might be “I might forget my lines”, or “I might stutter”, or “people might laugh at me or make fun of me”, or “I may never get a speaking gig after this”. Whatever your answer is, accept it.    After accepting it, do everything you can in your power to make sure it will never happen. But in case it does, learn from it and move on.

To find out more about these lessons, head to: Presentation Lessons from Dale Carnegie


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