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Delivering your first speech or presentation? Many of us get butterflies in our stomachs an hour before our presentation. This is actually helpful because nervousness increases our attention and focus. Here are the “must-do” things to apply one hour to five minutes prior to your presentation.
Empty your Bladder Straightforward as ever. You cannot afford a distraction during your presentation. Let alone the feeling of a full bladder. Make it a habit to always use the bathroom 15 minutes before the presentation. Minimize drinking liquid an hour before to prevent a full bladder during the presentation.
Inspect the Functionality of the Equipment This includes the audio-visual set up. Make sure it is functional and never forget to check your slides. If you have a video presentation, make sure it is in a viewable format. Check the functionality of the laser pointer because this is very handy during a presentation. See to it that the room is appropriately lit and that the stage is properly cleared of objects that may block the audience’s view. You cannot afford a technical problem because this could stop you from delivering a wonderful presentation.
Meet the Audience This is important to promote your mental preparation before the presentation. Meet and talk to any member of the audience as much as possible because this will put you at ease and in a “relaxed” mood. Before starting with the actual presentation, greet the audience because this will transform your audience from a “scary crowd” to “friendly listeners.”
Deep breathing Exercise This is physiologically helpful because it promotes maximum lung aeration, facilitating ease in talking and speech delivery. Maximum lung expansion may serve as an exercise that helps ease breathing. It also helps you to relax.
Warm Up If you are going to deliver a lengthy speech (more than 10 minutes), you may need to do some stretching exercises to prevent cramps. Prolonged standing may cause twitching and painful cramps to your legs and may hinder a successful presentation.
Practice the First Line Presenters usually forget what to say during the actual presentation and these are usually the first few lines, especially in presentations that involve some memorizing. You don’t need to rehearse everything before the presentation, only the first line and the rest will surely follow.