I was at a networking event this morning and a woman proceeded to tell me about her public speaking experience from confidant to not confidant. She had learnt the art of public speaking to promote her business and was relatively confident to speak to groups. Then there was that fateful day! It was a day that many of us have had. Rushing to get the children ready for the day, last minute things at home did not go as planned, a rushed drive to get to the venue, being stuck in traffic, not enough water to drink, a venue was too hot and then more rushing. And did I mention she was pregnant at the time?
What happened next was detrimental to her confidence. The words did not come to mind when she started her presentation. A complete blank! She didn’t go on to tell me any more of the story, other than her confidence was completely gone. It was a long road to get it back.
The obstacles mentioned in this conversation, collectively added to the lack of words coming to mind. So, take from this experience the fact that you must look after yourself. It is like the instructions given to you on a plane in case of an unexpected emergency, take care of yourself first, then you may help others. I believe, if you take care of yourself, your health, your wellbeing then you can deliver your presentation to others and support others.
1. Be mindful of keeping healthy at all times. Structure your life to include an excellent diet, daily exercise and plenty of sleep.
2. Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water prior to and during your presentation.
3. Allow more than enough time to travel to the venue and arrive early.
4. Collect all the information you need regarding the room setup and technology to be used prior to the event.
5. Prepare your presentation, practice and time it, more than once.
6. Have a contingency plan for anything that can go wrong.
7. Smile and have fun.
Follow these simple tips and you will eliminate many of the simple things that can go wrong.