You’re an expert, so think like one

By Andrew Clogg

I once had a basketball coach who said “This game is 10% skill and 90% mental.” Before each game he would have us close our eyes and imagine shooting, passing and scoring. He always emphasized the importance of maintaining our “game face and attitude.’

And it worked… at least, I think it did.

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “mind over matter.”  Below is my interpretation of this phrase and how it relates to conferencing:

Key Point: If you think you’re an expert, they will think so too.

When you start your presentation, speak with confidence and state the purpose of your presentation up-front. Share with your participants why you’re the person with all the answers. Remember that you’re the expert on the subject and that they are attending your conference to hear you speak. Keep this at the front of your mind and you will perform much better. And as a side note, never downplay your content. Even if you are running out of time an expert never “short changes” himself.

If you don’t think you’ve got what it takes, then check out this blog which says you can be an expert on anything. (warning… this is a parody!)