How do you prepare for an upcoming presentation? Let’s say it’s an important one, so you’re not going to wing it, just showing up in the moment and saying whatever comes into your mind.
Not a good idea, really, even for a minor presentation, so good for you for prepping – this time.
A recent study about dealing with stress highlighted two of the worst ways to deal with that pesky phenomenon: worrying about it without solving anything specific, and fantasizing that the whole thing will just go away on its own.
It struck me that I’ve used both methods to deal (unsuccessfully) with an upcoming speech, and many of my clients have done the same. It’s not a surprise to learn that such mental meanderings don’t help, but it does point the way toward useful preparation for a speech v the less useful kind.
So here are five steps for speech preparation, ones that meet the study-approved criteria for not making your stress worse, and that may even help you give a better speech.