Business listeners respond well to a speaker’s positive energy and lightness of being. As a speaker, you can project this kind of lightness by doing a quick emotional clearing in advance — the way actors do before going on stage.
At least an hour before you have that important business conversation, meeting, or presentation, do the following:
- Take your “emotional temperature”. Identify your current emotional state: happy, sad, nervous, excited, disappointed, excited, angry, etc.
- Find a private area to release these emotions in a big way, even if it feels exaggerated or “phony” to do so. For example, you can jump for joy, shout, laugh out loud, shed a few tears, if necessary; whatever you need to do to release your emotions, especially the ones that are less pleasant.
- Do some deep breathing with long, slow exhalations to a count of ten; then stretch out your arms, legs, back, and shoulders to release your emotions more fully.
If you are having any emotions that will not serve to enhance your speaking delivery, releasing those emotions in advance will decrease the power they have over you and will decrease any negative impact they might have on the way you speak.
You will be more “present” with your listeners and more available to respond to them authentically “in the moment”.
You will be free to use you positive and upbeat energy to engage and inspire your listeners — with a lightness of being that will help put them (and you) at ease.