Don’t aim for perfect

Most presenters have image in their mind of how they want the presentation to go.  That image can be a healthy goal for optimal effectiveness.  However, some people beat themselves up for falling short of that image to even the smallest degree.  That is not healthy…nor is it helpful in your evolution as a presenter.

I have news for you.  There is no such thing as being a perfect presenter.  There are always opportunities to refine  a presentation and you have your entire career to keep evolving.  Allow yourself to have goals, but establish those goals a handful at a time so you can feel good about your progress.

Besides, perfect presenters are often lose the relatability factor so essential in connecting with their audience.  The don’t seem real.

Here are some great quotes on perfectionism:

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”

Brené Brown

“Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.”
Anne Wilson Schaef

“At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.”
Michael Law

If you find yourself imprisoned by the desire to be perfect, it is likely hurting you more than helping you.  Instead, give yourself a break.  And if you need help staying on track or don’t know where to focus to see the greatest impact, hire a coach.  Allow yourself time to evolve.  Remember, you don’t have to improve everything all at once. But be committed to improving.  Pat yourself on the back for the progress you are making.