Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve given a speech, a presentation or a meeting update and it hasn’t flowed as well as you would have liked? You’re hesitant the next time you’re about to present? If you’re feeling uncertain about an up and coming event (such as a meeting, speech or presentation) check out these 10 pre-event confidence-boosting questions and see if answering them makes the difference:
1. Are you certain of your core message, point or outcome? If not establish what this is from the outset and allow everything else to flow from it
2. Have you prepared well enough for the event? If not what else can you do to prepare?
3. Does what you’re doing make sense to you? Does it sit well with your values and principles? Just how important is it to you? How can you raise its importance in your mind?
4. What is your relationship with the people around you? Are there any issues here? How will this impact on your delivery? How can you modify your thoughts, feelings and behaviour to address the issues?
5. How can you ensure you express yourself clearly and well? (If you’re certain of your core message and you’re well prepared it should be much easier to state your case clearly and with conviction). Can you draw on a similar situation when things went well? What is the difference between how you felt then and how you feel now? Why is this?
6. What kind of material do you have? Is it clear and simple to understand for the visual, audio and kinaesthetic among your audience? Can you improve, simplify or clarify it?
7. Have you anticipated any tricky questions that may come up, and prepared responses to them?
8. What are you saying and thinking to yourself about the event? If you’re telling yourself how badly it’s going to go that’s exactly what you risk manifesting
9. Have you looked at the situation from the vantage point of each person who will be at that event? What questions or issues arise when you do this? Can you deal with any of them in advance? If so how?
10. What other messages are being communicated to you from this uncertainty? What do you need to do to quell them?
Answering these questions should go some way to increasing your confidence and ensuring you are well prepared for your event.