The 3 Truths
It Even Happens to the Pros
4 Tips for Preparing Yourself
- Breathe in calmly. Pause, look at audience members. As he was silent, the most brilliant thing that this speaker did was refuse to panic. Refrain from nervous gestures or apologies. Simply pause.
- Have an emergency plan on hand. Set a note card on the podium with a few key words to prompt you. Also have a pertinent quote on that card, which you can read to the audience. Walk purposely to the location where your note card is located.
- Try repeating with emphasis the last sentence that you had just said. To reinforce the idea, to underscore its relevance, but also with the idea that this will serve as a “page refresh” in your memory, which is very likely.
- As you begin any speech, always have your conclusion sentence in mind. No matter where you’re going, know where you will end up. If you lose your train of thought along the way, then move ahead to your conclusion – deliver it with emphasis and poise. That will give the audience a strong takeaway at the close of your remarks.