Getting Over Yourself

December 13, 2012

How much time do you spend worrying about an upcoming presentation?

Really. How much? I used to waste a lot of time just fussing, ducking, avoiding, chastising. All wasted. You cut your preparation time in half if you’ll just stop worrying. There are no awards, no Brownie points, no kudos, no money given for worrying.

Either work on the presentation (speech) or don’t. Worrying gives you ulcers and gives you no progress in your preparation.

Worrying about your ability, about the speech, about the audience, just pretty means you’ll put way too much info in that will just be boring. It’s counterproductive having no benefits that I can think of. All time invested should be focused on what the audience needs and how you can best give it to them. None on your failings or inadequacies. If you want to be invisible (have them focused on what you’re saying instead of on you), all your efforts are on helping them not on making yourself look good.

Then, if you can do that, happily you will look good and the audience will be happy.


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