If You Want: To Ace a Speech
Script your success. Break up the imagery into segments, Gervais recommends. First imagine walking into the room. (What is the lighting like? The temperature? What are you wearing?) Then take a deep breath before you begin. Think of getting onstage with the “sense of trusting yourself,” says Porter. Look into the audience and focus on one or two people who are interested in what you’re saying as you deliver the speech calmly and smoothly. But “don’t picture everything going perfectly. Also rehearse overcoming difficulty,” says Kadish. “You might envision someone yawning loudly, but experience yourself maintaining your focus and delivery.”
Be true to yourself. If you’re a soft-spoken type, don’t visualize yourself thundering and pounding your fists; it won’t feel real. Think of speaking clearly and confidently, as the very best version of you.