Announcement of my turn came through loud speakers... I started hearing my own heart beat... mechanically I reached the podium... by-hearted lines came out of my mouth... I am blind, i.e. I do not see anything in front of me ... I got struck at forth line, eventhough it was the last line... I ran out of the hall... I heard one lady saying "poor boy, he forgot the poem"...
Looking back, it is not still funny for me and is scary. It took more than a decade for me to revist a stage. But after a good amount of practice and preparation, now I am in a position where I can present something even without preparation. Thanks to my teaching days which gave me exposure to face and answer audience.
Here are some tips from my experience:
1. Prepare well. Keep notes or slides
2. Let the slides have only key points. Practice well to elaborate.
3. While you practice, think you are one of the audience
4. Answer to possible doubts/questions which might come while practice
5. May include puzzles in between if you feel the topic is boring
6. Inject moral/management/leadership stories. People love stories.
7. Ask simple questions which they can answer easily
8. Dont use crowdy slides. Audience will spend time for reading it rather than listening to you
9. Have a watch on time.
Sleeping time :) Good Night.