March 7


Pitch Perfect: How to Hone Your Presentation Skills and Command the Room

By Celeste DeCamps

March 7, 2024

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When I work with salespeople or entrepreneurs, the one thing they worry about the most is feeling like their voices are getting lost in the crowd. They're unsure how to effectively communicate their pitch or message to others. For many, networking feels intimidating, or having to deliver a presentation that will be impactful is daunting. With a few adjustments and suggestions I've cultivated throughout the years, I show them how to hone in on their magnetism and have an energizing presence. 

I know not everyone is born with natural appeal. But fear not! Developing and enhancing your charisma through practice and dedication is absolutely possible. We all need a coach to help steer us in the right direction. Just like you can't proofread your writing, you need feedback on how your pitch or presentation is landing. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Preparation: One key element of commanding the room is having confidence in yourself and your message. The way to do that is to practice and prepare ahead of time. Go over your presentation, elevator pitch, or lunch and learn with a trusted friend or co-worker. Be open to constructive criticism and fine-tune your message. This will keep you from mumbling and stumbling over your words or getting off track and rambling. 
  2. Engage with others: Another critical aspect of being charming is the ability to engage with others. Too often, we find ourselves not paying attention to what is being said because we're too focused on waiting to speak. Take time to listen to the people you're meeting with. Ask meaningful questions and show genuine interest in what they have to say. People are much more likely to be receptive to your ideas if they feel validated and heard. 
  3. Body Language: We say more with our bodies than we realize. Non-verbal cues are picked up quickly by others, so how we enter a room is important when we want to convey confidence. Walking in, with our shoulders back, head lifted, making eye contact, and smiling tells people we are open to meeting them. Use hand gestures to emphasize key points. Keep an open stance while talking; this will help you feel confident and make you appear more approachable and trustworthy. 
  4. Storytelling: Your ideas are much more likely to resonate with others if you can convey them in a compelling, relatable narrative. People are naturally drawn to stories, so take the time to develop a personal and authentic story around your ideas.

Join networking groups, pitch at events, and seek out opportunities to share your message with others. Each time you do, you'll gain valuable experience and insights that will only strengthen your ability to command the room.

Remember to take a deep breath and know that your voice is valuable and deserves to be heard. Embrace your charisma, engage with others, speak confidently, and tell your story. With practice and unwavering belief in yourself, you can captivate any room and leave a lasting impression. 

If you need help or feedback on a presentation you're preparing, visit my website or email me at

About the author

Celeste DeCamps has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Miami. She worked in radio and television, was a professional belly dancer, drummer, percussionist, nightclub owner, and a sales rep for Southern Wine and Spirits for 12 years. Throughout her different career moves, speaking to and teaching women how to be more confident is Celeste's most fulfilling job.

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  1. I am always hearing Celeste's tips in my head, right before I have to give a presentation. And it doesn't matter the size of the audience or the length of time you might have in front of you. Taking a breathe, planning and telling a story makes presentations so much easier!!

    1. Thank you, Jane! I’m glad I’m living inside your head! Seriously, thank you for your continued support. I appreciate it very much!

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