Sometimes I dream about speaking engagements, but this was more of a nightmare...
I was asked to speak with 20 minutes notice.
I frantically went looking for my materials, but couldn't find all of my notes. I think I had visuals, but couldn't find them either.
I went ahead and gave the presentation with my incomplete notes, but they weren't making sense and I couldn't understand them. The audience was barely hanging on.
Then some noise started coming from the next room, and the audience became even more restless. They started talking amongst themselves, and then they started leaving.
At that point, I realized I was in my pajamas!
So, I assume you haven't been in the middle of a presentation only to realize you were in your pajamas, but how often do you find yourself:
** Throwing your presentation together at the last minute?
** Leaving out props and visuals?
** Scribbling out notes that are disorganized, without a clear beginning, middle or end?
** Allowing yourself to be distracted by circumstances and letting the audience get away from you?
Public speaking can be a nightmare when you don't prepare properly. For some previous posts on preparation, look here:
Prepared vs. over-prepared
Psych yourself up...or out
Who's in the audience and why should I care?
Get plenty of sleep before your presentation
Preparation Rituals Series