Footballers and other sportsmen would be in real trouble if they didn't prepare properly for a match. Some have certain exercise routines, others have little rituals designed to prepare them for the challenge ahead. If you are a corporate host, corporate presenter or public-speaker you will know the just how important it is to prepare and rehearse.
In order to engage your audience, you have to speak clearly and with some passion about your subject. My recent post over at JeremyJacobs.com highlights some of the steps you ought to take but what do you do to relax and get ready for your performance? Radio presenter and speaker Nick Thomas recommends getting proper rest if you are away from home. I agree with Nick, there's nothing worse than staying in a hotel bedroom that's noisy and uncomfortable. Research the hotel you intend to stay. Lisa Braithwaite, who blogs regularly about public-speaking, has written a few posts about preparation rituals. Here's one of them.
Hilary Briggs, one of my colleagues on the London Toastmasters circuit, won "Best Evaluator" award last week. Giving feedback, whilst under the pressure of a big competition, takes nerves of steel and plenty of practice and preparation. Read about her victory here.
Thursday, May 15, 2008