Imagine you have practiced your presentation. Everything is perfect. The slides are ready. Your notes are in a mind map form. You have practiced so much that you don`t even need you notes. Everything is the way it should be. Then it happens. The day arrives. You completely fail. All because you forgot one important thing.
That one thing was the common cold. You caught a cold and your nose is running, and you feel terrible. It goes without saying that even if you did practice a lot and even if you did everything right in your presentation, if you get a cold you are not going to have a great performance.
Believe me I have had this happen to me way too many times. However, as a professional, you cannot just go to the event planner and say "I`m sorry I have cold so I can`t make it." That does not work. The event planner spent a lot time and effort on the event and if you do not show up you could be a big source of stress and a big source of disappointment for the audience.
As they say in the circus the show must go on.
This is why I look at any presentation as more than a good mix of technique and content. I believe there are five parts
4. Goals & Objective
5. Health & the Inner Game
It this last one that is so fundamental that many people overlook. However, it is so important in our jobs that I feel we much pay attention to it.
However, many people feel that need to learn the lasts presentation technique. The best way to do a call back, the right question to start your speech with, how to captivate with your voice.
Also, this is great, but if you focus too much on it everything gets out of balance.
So, what should you do. I think you need to first get control of your health and your own mental well-being. It is from there you can build the foundation of becoming a great speaker.
Otherwise, things start to fall apart. It is as I shown in the diagram.
So, what is a person to do? I think it come down to two simple but very hard things. Eating right and exercise. We all know that we should do them, but it is way easier to write these words that to actually do the work, of jogging several kilometers everyday especially when it is cold and rainy like today.
I definitely give my hat off to everyone who battles the weather to consistently exercise.
However, the key hear is not to just get off the couch and exercise. The key here is to avoid doing anything that would prevent you from being your best, when you have to perform.
So, as for me I eat a low carb diet and avoid sugar completely. I also take other special measure to reduce my allergies and prevent colds.
Because after all, I have to give the performance that everyone is expecting, and the show must go on.
How about you? What would you do, to insure you are the healthiest you can be on the day of your presentation?