What do you need today?
On any given day, we are in need of something (or many things). The question is not exclusively how to get those things but what things are worth getting and when.
If I need to crush a presentation this afternoon what I need first is to make sure I am ready for it. It may be very important that I have my physical materials at hand but that is rarely, if ever, going to be the most important thing.
The snazziest slides, most well-designed materials, and most incredible power dress are not going to crush anything. It is your knowledge and your ability to present that knowledge that hold the power. The peripherals are important, they create the container for your authority, but you must fill that container.
You will need to know and marshall your resources, beginning with:
- Mental Readiness (Intention, Preparation, Charge Management)
- Physical Readiness (Rest, Hydration, Food, Movement)
- Vehicle Management (Voicing, Presence, Articulation, Message)
- Container Prep (Appearance, Materials, Stage Setting)
Work on developing these resources before you need them. Invest that time and energy into yourself so that when you present, you have something tangible to draw from.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.