Hurricane Dorian slipped past Florida, with little major damage. It was supposed to stall over Central Florida, like it did the Bahamas. I watched for days, bracing for a devastating blow from the storm. I worried. I waited. But all I got was a lesson on how to handle the stress of uncertainty.
For some, there’s nothing more stressful than standing in front of a group, giving a presentation. For me, there’s nothing more stressful than not knowing what’s coming next. Hurricane Dorian reminded me of the best way to face down a stressful, uncertain situation—get prepared, stay informed and be flexible. These three steps will also help you through the stress of speechwriting and delivering a presentation:
1. GET PREPARED: Prepare for the worst and anticipate the best. If you’re preparing a presentation, try to insulate yourself from mistakes. Create a checklist of steps you need to take to be successful. Set aside enough time for writing, creating slides, and practicing. Bring your checklist of reminders to your presentation.
2. STAY INFORMED: Know what you need to do to successfully deliver your presentation. Find out key facts, learn the best way to deliver your message and stay on top of last-minute events that may impact your presentation. Know your audience, your content and your equipment (computer, slides, etc.)
3. BE FLEXIBLE: Be ready to handle whatever is thrown your way. If your presentation time is cut, drop a story (keep the point it demonstrated). If you’re asked to talk longer, have some audience activities you can quickly add to enhance your message. Be able to change your presentation, when needed. Prepare some extras (stories, questions for your audience, etc.), just in case.
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