Getting Over Yourself

December 21, 2012

What do you do when you screw up in your presentation?

It’s not a given, but sometimes you do. And, if you’re dreading the possibility of making a mistake, you’re not likely to handle it well.

My first point in my 3-day seminars is “It’s not about you.” Really nobody cares about you (in the way we think they do when we’re presenting) and it’s equally true when you make a mistake. It’s not about whether you make a mistake, it’s about what you do when it happens.

Everything is about helping the audience. And when you make a mistake, it’s still not about you, it’s about how you can help the audience be comfortable. You’re the host or hostess. It’s you’re job to avoid discomfort in your audience. To do that, you need to not feel like a loser if you make a mistake and shift your thinking to how you can let them know everything’s okay. That you’re okay. Because all they want is for you to fix it and move on.

And, if you do that and then let go of it, people will forget it happened–because you did and brought them back to what you were there for.

So, pause, breathe, refocus on how you can let them know you’re okay and get back to helping them with your subject.

It’s your choice. You have the power to make the right one.


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