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Be Self Aware

Posted on Sunday, August 05, 2012 by Positivevoice

There is nothing quite like standing up and making a speech. However, you can never quite anticipate how it is going to go down. You can, however, follow some simple steps to ensure that you enjoy presenting it..

 Over the next 7 weeks, i will provide you with a more indepth version of my 'Seven Secrets video'.

Secret No 1: Be Self Aware

This first secret is the one that i have covered most in my book (to be published in the next few months). It is essential that you are aware of your strategies when it comes to public speaking. I meet so many people who worry needlessly for weeks leading up to a presentation. They worry that they will forget what they want to say, they worry that they will get nervous and they worry that their audience will be hostile or that they will hate it… What a lot of negativity. If you do this, all it means is that you are planning to fail.

Wouldn’t it be much better to prepare your mind to be calm, to prepare yourself to remember what you want to say and to visualise a happy, welcoming audience?

Once you are aware of your strategies, you are one step closer to amending them. You can do this by simply replacing them with more positive thoughts.

Take every negative thought that comes into your mind and confront it:

Is this true?

How else could it be?

What would I rather believe?

Once you have come up with more positive thoughts, it is time to turn them into more positive words. Begin to talk more positively about your upcoming speech. Tell your friends, family or colleagues that ‘preparation is going well’, that you are ‘looking forward to it’ and that you ‘feel great’. If you feel a little anxiety, interpret it as excitement. After all, the two emotions are very similar.

Final thought: ‘Be aware of your strategies and make sure that you are using the most positive ones available’


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