So simple, so effective. This works really well for many trainees, especially if they're a little nervous.
Scroll back through your life memories and milestones. Look for an event that made you feel absolutely terrific. An achievement? That first kiss? A birth? Won a prize? Overcame a fear? Choose a moment when you felt in control and you were 'walking on air'. Don't tell me you don't have such a memory - we all have them. For me, it's the moment when - after months of preparation - I first headed our yacht out to sea.
Now, modern science tells us that our thoughts and our bio-chemistry are strongly linked. Every thought you have modifies the mix of chemicals cascading continuously through your body. Mind affects body. And the reverse - body affects mind.
Here's what to do. Just before you go in front of the audience:
Fix that wonderful moment in your mind. Focus on it so vividly that you feel it in your stomach. Wallow in that feeling for a full minute, the strength of your remembered feelings are the magic ingredient here.
Now, step out in front of your audience, riding that feeling. You're using your mind to influence your body, which influences your mind. Neat.
Was it a racy memory? If anyone compliments you the way you spoke, tell them that your secret can never be revealed to the world :-)
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