The big day is here. You’ve spent endless hours crafting your story, creating compelling visuals and practicing your delivery. (At least that’s how you SHOULD do it!) Now it’s “go-time.” Not quite. Pardon the sports analogy, but before you leave the locker room and take the field, use these five tips to prep for a winning performance.
- Be Familiar, Not Frantic: Tour the room, preferably the day before. Walk the stage and visualize your audience. Make sure the equipment works, find a spot for your notes, and rehearse your opening. Feeling comfortable in your environment boosts confidence.
- Focus on Your Audience: Prepare brief notes with the names of audience members to recognize during the talk. Anticipate questions that may be asked and jot down answers.
- Give Yourself a BIG Buildup: Hand the host a brief, persuasive introduction that highlights your accomplishments. Consider adding something personal, such as a unique hobby, interest or achievement. Skip the dull academic details; you want the audience to be excited that they are in your presence! If there is no host, pre-select someone from the audience to do the honors.
- Connect, Don’t Contemplate: Instead of isolating yourself, greet early arrivals. Mingle, ask questions, and create a friendly atmosphere. This not only calms your nerves but also helps you understand your audience’s needs. Listen for stories that you can add to your talk.
- Breathe, Believe, Conquer: Take 5 deep breaths, filling your lungs and calming your mind. Visualize yourself delivering a flawless presentation, radiating confidence and enthusiasm. Remind yourself of your expertise and the value you bring – the audience came to see YOU.
Bonus Tips: Make sure there are water and tissues on stage. Put a little Vaseline on your lips, teeth and gums to counter nerves-induced dryness.
These are just a few of the hacks I cover in my presentation coaching programs. I use them myself, and I can tell you they work.
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Disclaimer: Google’s Gemini AI app helped me create this Tip-Off.