April 3, 2007

Eat bananas for public speaking success!

Here's an interesting article recapping a presentation by Harvard Business School's Professor Dale Deletis. He suggests a strategy using the acronym "ABCD," where:

A = Articulate (prepare and practice out loud)
B = Bananas (eat bananas for potassium, which relaxes muscles)
C = Caffeine-Free (avoid the "chemically-induced hyper-state" produced by caffeine)
D = Deep Breathing (promotes relaxation)

There are also a couple of charts, one showing a list of potassium-rich foods, in case you don't like bananas, and another demonstrating steps for weaning oneself off caffeine! Check out the article for more on Professor Deletis' philosophy on reducing public speaking fear.

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5 comments. Please add yours! :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for the Tips. (I would add E for get Excited)


Lisa Braithwaite said...

I would have to agree with that, Santosh! Or "Enthusiasm"!

Anonymous said...

He stole my thunder. I was about to reveal (to great acclaim) my beer and potato chip diet to public speaking success.

Darn you Harvard Business School Professor Dale Deletis!

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Ross, I would LOVE to hear about your beer and potato chip diet. Tell me, would I become successful at public speaking AND perhaps also lose weight on this diet?


Anonymous said...

Lisa, all I can say right now is that it's worked for both my friends. Both of whom are powerful orators and waif like thin.

They're something to see.

Now, just the question of, how to bring it to market and make my millions...?

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