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Avoid a Presentation Meltdown

Terry Gault, Managing Partner of The Henderson Group, shares the process he uses when things go wrong during a presentation.
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Terry Gault

on 22 April 2016

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Transcript of Avoid a Presentation Meltdown

But then something goes wrong...
Quickly brainstorm what you can do
Choose your preferred option
Should I just move on?
Should I make a joke?
Skip this slide?
Check my notes?
Turn off my ringing cell phone?
If you have notes, try this:
I need oxygen
to work!
Stop & Breathe
Put it into action!
Assess:
Did it work?
Evaluate and make sure you remain calm
Imagine you're giving the presentation of your life
Put water next to your notes.
If you get lost, walk to your notes.
Pick up the bottle while you glance at your notes.
(If it's a bottle, unscrewing the cap gives you a few more seconds to read.)
Carry on.
Set down your bottle and glance at the notes again.
Take a drink and ponder your notes.
Consider your
OPTIONS
BREATHE
(again)
PRACTICE SILENCE
RESPOND
BREATHE
AWARE
You become aware that something went wrong
This can start a spiral down to panic
I got this.
Celebrate your victory!
BREATHE
OPTIONS
RESPOND
STILLNESS&SILENCE
BREATHE
AWARE
?
Silence creates anticipation
Don't comment on what's happening
Practice this process to feel calm and controlled
in the face of whatever life throws at you.

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Rock on, Presenters!
for more info
go to
http://SpeakFearlessly.net
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