Major Mistakes Ep 01: The Month Before

Make a plan and execute against that plan because when you do that you're going to be amazing on stage. The opposite is also true.


Takeaways:

What Not to Do


  • Winging it. No Prep.

    Your audience knows when you're unprepared and great speakers are rehearsed speakers.

  • No rehearsal rituals

    Now might be a good time to review the Rehearsal Rituals series.

  • Worrying/stressing instead of taking action

    You can stress yourself right into paralysis and that will lead to disaster onstage.

What are you going to do each week and each day leading up to your speaking engagement? You must create a plan.Kymberlee

It's a month before your next speaking event and you're thinking, "Yeah, I should probably practice, but I'll do it next week." Or you're thinking, "Yeah, I kind of need to work on my content, but I'll do it tomorrow or the day after that." Or how about this?: It's a month before your next speaking event and you're thinking, "Oh my gosh, I'm not going to be ready. I'm not going to be good enough. I don't have time. It's going to be a total disaster."

These are among the biggest speaking mistakes that I see a month before a talk is coming up. Don't do that. What you do want to do if you know that your talk is coming up in a month is create a plan. What are you going to do each week and each day leading up to your speaking engagement?

I will actually print out a paper and I will document everything I want to do. Maybe I'll be working on the content one day, or maybe I'll be working on performance, or maybe I'll be working on both and putting them together. But if you document that, it can really help you on your countdown. And try not to be in your head. Huge mistake. Don't worry.

Look, if your event is a year from now -- you'll wish you had two years. If your event is a week away -- you'll wish you had two weeks. It doesn't matter. Work with the time that you do have and make it count. So make a plan and execute against that plan because when you do that, then you're going to be amazing on stage.

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