Presentation Exercises

It’s just common sense that before taking a run, you should stretch out your muscles, and before attempting to tackle a novel, you should try to get yourself a general outline for your plot. There are just some things that you should do before you try something else. If you’ve seen 8 Mile you know that Eminem’s character B. Rabbit’s way of warming up before getting in front of a large group is to stare intently at himself in the mirror before throwing up a little. Then he is ready to face the crowd. I suggest not doing that – but here are some things I do suggest doing before you have to present.

  • Find a quiet place to park yourself and pre-game. Do you have any notes for your presentation? How about a print out of slides? Review your notes and slides and go ahead to make any last minute notes about things you want to cover.
  • Finish up your pre-game 30 minutes before the start time. While it might seem like a good idea to keep going over your notes until you walk in the door, I’d like to take a second to remind you of college and high school. Reading your notes again before the start of your test isn’t going to help you. If you don’t know it by now, you won’t, so give yourself a break.
  • Pump yourself up with some music before the presentation. Stick in your headphones and jam, or if you’re in front of a live audience, pipe it out to them too. You’d be surprised how much a couple of your favorite songs can get you ready to go.

I realize you’re not about to battle for the title of marathon winner or best freestyle rapper in Detroit, but no matter what, it’s still just as important to you that you do well. What presentation exercises are you doing? Do you have specific songs you listen to that get you pumped and ready to go?

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