Be a Starfish Speaker
One day while walking with my family on the Santa Barbara pier, my son excitedly pointed out to me a large starfish floating in the water.
We talked that day about the starfish’s amazing power of regeneration. We couldn’t help but wonder, wouldn’t it be great if people had that power as well?
But then it occurred to me that in a metaphorical sense, we do!
Many of my clients express anxiety that they will forget part of their speech and that this will get them off track and ruin the whole thing.
To address this anxiety, perhaps we can learn a thing or two from the starfish.
You see, starfish are able to regenerate only if their central body is intact.
Next time you prepare your content and each time you practice, first review the central message of your presentation:
What is the one thing you want your audience to know?
How do you want them to feel when they hear you?
What do you want them to do?
Then, if you “lose a limb” during your presentation (i.e. forget a point, lose track of your direction, etc.), as long as you return to your central message, you can always regenerate that portion of your presentation. It may not look exactly the way it did before, but you will get your point across.
From the Green Room: Visualize your presentation as a starfish. Your central message is in the middle and your main points radiate out from there. If you get off track, just return back to the center.