Last week I made my stand up comedy debut. And, even with the experience I have presenting and speaking to large groups of people the nerves were still there in force. I have the video, and I hope to soon put it on you tube so you can all see my five minutes under the comedy spotlight.
During my set I experienced something I have not felt for quite a few years… I started to think about my next words.
Now, that might sound a little strange. But for me a presentation is internalized, and I dont consciously think what my next sentence will be. Instead I let if flow naturally like a conversation. What happened last Wednesday night, about three quarters of the way through my routine, was I swapped from following the internal script inside my heart to thinking about what I wanted to say in my head. The result – I lost my way for several seconds.
The challenge with “thinking” your presentations is you have to be word perfect. The minute you stray away from the script inside your mind your brain doesn’t know where it should head to next. Whereas if you can internalize the key points or themes of what you want to cover you can simply talk to the theme without being tied to knowing exactly which word you need to say next to maintain course.
I challenge you to internalize your next presentation rather than memorize. It will free your mind and your delivery to enjoy the process of sharing a presentation.