Channel Your Adrenaline

May 28, 2013

You have an important presentation in 48 hours. Just thinking about it sets your heart racing. There doesn’t seem to be enough time to craft and polish your ideas, but you calm your nerves by working on your outline.

You get a decent night’s sleep, comforted by the fact that you still have one more day to prepare. The next morning, the thought of your appearance startles you awake. You experience a small adrenalized mix of excitement and anxiety.

As your day progresses, your presentation looms larger. You refine that outline. You close the door to your office and practice out loud for 15 minutes. You feel better, and have more confidence.

Your next night’s sleep is interrupted by a jolt of anticipation at 2:00 a.m. Adrenaline floods body and brain, reminding you of everything that could go wrong. Lying awake, you doubt your ideas, thinking of better ones to add to your presentation. It is tempting to get up and work on it, but you fall asleep ruminating.

The Big Day dawns. Caffeine and adrenaline power you into your routine. You are super-focused now, and clear the decks to practice.

Now is the time to work from a checklist. Practice by simulating the actual situation you will face.

  • Stand up and stand still. Find your stance and stay in it.
  • Place your large-font notes where you can see them.
  • Bring your hands to a loose ready position to gesture.
  • Breathe before you speak.
  • Look into the imaginary eyes of your listener(s).
  • Gesture immediately: release your hands so they help you talk.

When you leave for the event, stay in control of your emotions. Breathe consciously as you get in the car, or step onto the train. Breathe tactically as you walk into the building and wait for the elevator. Smile. Talk to yourself and say, “I’m ready and I can do this.”

When it is time to speak, think about your body from your feet to your eyes:

  • Stand up and stand still. Find your stance and stay in it.
  • Place your big-font notes where you can see them.
  • Bring your hands to a loose ready position to gesture.
  • Breathe before you speak.
  • Look into the real eyes of your listener(s).
  • Gesture immediately: release your hands so they help you talk.

Enjoy the excitement, and let adrenaline boost your energy.

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