Speak gently to yourself

Have you ever had one of those days, you know the ones, where you wish you’d done everything differently in your presentation?


In our quest for the perfect presentation, we forget that, as humans, we sometimes make mistakes.

We berate ourselves: I should have done this, I forgot to do that, I could have done better.

When I come away from a presentation that I’m not totally happy with – and I had one this week – I find the best thing to do is to step back and look at things in a logical manner.  Reflect on what went wrong or why you weren’t happy with your presentation. Look at what you can do to improve your presentation the next time; learn the lesson and then move on.

Don’t over dramatise your mistakes and concentrate on the negative points, instead, concentrate on what you can improve and what you did well.

If you’ve had a bad day/presentation, speak gently to yourself, confirm what a great presenter you are and how one set back is not enough to keep you down.  “Get back on that horse” and wow everyone with your next presentation.

Keep speaking – Carrol


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