Major Mistakes Ep 03: The Day Before

Find a way to get into the location where you're speaking the night before, the day before or the day of. Do everything you can to know your environment. Walk that stage.


Takeaways What Not to Do:


  • Cramming

    Staying up all night cramming before a speech.

  • Last-second editing

    Making major changes to content.

  • Going in blind

    No site visit.

If you have to choose between memorizing your talk or sleeping, choose sleep. It matters. Kymberlee

It's the night before your next big speaking event and you're thinking "Uh, oh, I wonder if the stage is going to be slippery because I'm wearing new shoes?" Or "Oh, shoot, I wonder if the lights are going to be too bright and I won't be able to interact with the audience because I won't be able to see them?"

Or you're thinking, "I wonder if it's going to be cold in the theater because maybe my outfit's not right."

Or maybe this. It's the night before your event and you're thinking, "You know, I should probably change my content. I should probably rewrite my talk." Or, "You know what? I should probably stay up all night tonight and just cram and just memorize the talk as best I can and not sleep."

Don't do that! Those are the most common mistakes that I see people making the night before a big talk.

What you do want to do is get into the location that you're speaking in the night before, the day before, the day of. Do everything you can to know your environment. Walk that stage. If you're in a conference room get into that conference room. Somehow, some way, get in there, have a look at it so that you feel very comfortable with the entire space that you're going to be working within.

And please do not make major content changes the night before your talk. It's going to throw you off when you're on stage trying to recall what you're talking about and you may have made changes you're not going to remember. "Is this new or is this something that I've said before? Now what goes where?" It can really mess you up.

And finally, sleep. Please sleep. If you have to choose between memorizing your talk or sleep, choose sleep. It matters. Sleep is also very helpful for recall when you're up on stage, so you want to make sure that you ideally get six or seven and a half hours or more the night before your talk. This will help you can be at your best on that stage.

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