Just Before Show Time
Adjust Your Mental and
In a recent public speaking
workshop I conducted, I had the entire class, consisting
of about fifty people, stand up and look straight ahead.
I asked the students to take note of exactly what they
were seeing at eye level. Next, I asked them to close
their eyes, and to think about the words they were about
to hear as I recited them. I began uttering a string of
positive words and phrases, such as, “Yes I can,
amazing, tremendous, and absolutely.” I kept this up for
a minute, and then told them to open their eyes, and to
take note of exactly what they were seeing at eye level
now. Finally, I asked them to raise their hand if what
they were seeing now was at a higher fixed point than
what they were seeing before they closed their eyes, and
100% of the hands went up. I’ve repeated this exercise
several times since, with the same results.
What does this tell us? It tells
us the positive words improve not only your mental
posture, but also your physical posture.
Clearly, if you are about to take
the stage, you want to be in the most productive mental
and physical posture you can. Shortly before you speak,
take a few minutes and run a series of positive,
empowering words through your mind to help elevate your
mental and physical posture. You don’t even have to
close your eyes; you can do this on the fly.
As you perform this exercise,
you’ll feel your emotional state lift, and you’ll notice
you’re seeing things that are at a higher fixed point,
and that you’re standing a little taller. All these
things enhance your performance as a speaker.
So, what’s the lesson? Adjust
your mental and physical posture with positive words,
and your entire attitude and physicality are enhanced.