How to Project Confidence (Even If You Have to Fake It)

Anne Shutan Door

Confidence is one of the most collector-attractive qualities an artist can possess.

You are more likely to get the commission, sell the work, fill your classes, and have your proposal accepted if we believe in you. And we are more likely to believe in you if you believe in yourself and your art.

Confidence comes with experience.

Exhibiting your art in public and having conversations with art visitors contribute to growing your confidence. Yet there are times when even the most experienced artist lacks in confidence. This comes with the territory.

The thing I enjoyed most about meeting Anne Shutan is that she was as excited about her work as I was. When I complimented something, she said, “I know! Isn’t that cool?!” I love that kind of enthusiasm. Here she is with the front door she carved.

You are bound to go through cycles

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Beginning a Slide Presentation of Your Art

If you talk about your art to groups, I suggest adding a silent run-through of your images the next time you open a talk.

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Podcast: Pack your presentation with meaningful content

Presentations should be packed with meaningful content for your audience. Start gathering ideas for your presentations from the moment you confirm a gallery talk, lecture, or slide show.

Listen to this week's podcast for tips for compiling and refining presentation content.

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Art Marketing Action newsletter (a written version of this podcast)

Part 1: Design your PowerPoint presentation

What?! No bullet points?!

Resources to help you conquer your fear of public speaking

First-time speaking advice from another artist

Speak Up!

I’d Rather Be in the Studio! (pages 53-67)

Instructions for subscribing to the Art Marketing Action podcast on iTunes.

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Pack your presentation with meaningful content

If you think you don’t have much to say about your art, you’re not trying hard enough. Good content is everywhere, but it has to incubate. If you have a presentation coming up, start developing your content immediately. Give yourself time to play around with it, to make mistakes, and to tighten up your slides and words.

Find last week’s tips for designing your presentation PowerPoint or Keynote slides.

Lisa Kairos, Gear Nest. Acrylic and mixed media, 12 x 24 inches. ©The Artist

Here are some tips for unearthing and refining your presentation content.

THOSE ANNOYING QUESTIONS What questions are people asking you about your art? Every time someone asks you a new question, write it down–even if you don’t yet have the response to it. If they’re thinking it, someone else is bound to be thinking the same thing. You can turn what

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Podcast: Design your PowerPoint presentation

There will come a time when you’re asked to talk about your art–with slides. The design of your digital presentation should put the focus on your art. Listen to tips for designing and perfecting your PowerPoint presentation.

More on This Topic

Art Marketing Action newsletter (a written version of this podcast)

Resources to help you conquer your fear of public speaking

First-time speaking advice from another artist

Speak Up!

I’d Rather Be in the Studio! (pages 53-67)

Instructions for subscribing to the Art Marketing Action podcast on iTunes.

Send to Kindle

Design your PowerPoint presentation

It’s great news that we no longer have to scramble at the last minute to have slides shot, developed, and masked. You can insert images into your digital presentations up until the moment you are introduced. It’s magic! It can also be tragic.

Leslie Sobel, Desert Passage. Satellite imaging, encaustic, and mixed media on canvas, 24 x 24 inches. ©The Artist

PowerPoint gone wrong is a hideous sight. Bad PowerPoint consists of incongruous colors, over-designed slides, too many slides, and, mostly, too much text. If there is too much text, you wonder what you paid for or why you’re there when the entire presentation is written out on the slides. You might as well have stayed home and received the slides as a PDF file in your inbox!

Here are some tips for designing and perfecting the digital presentation of your art.

DO start your presentations with a blank slide. I prefer

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