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To perform well when crowd is openly hostile it is critical to be able to maintain your composure. You will need to be cool under pressure despite negativity that you see and hear in front of you. If you need a magic wand then anchoring is answer.
Anchoring is single most effective way of taking charge of your emotional state. With an anchor you can change how you feel in an instant, I devote an entire chapter to it in my e-book because it is such an important skill to master.
Consider for a moment - *if you could feel any way you wanted to, how would you like to feel in face of hostility*
Write down various answers that come to mind. Maybe you would like to feel confident, powerful, energetic, or even courageous.
Now, refer to my chapter on anchoring if you need a reminder, then set up an anchor for those resourceful feelings that you will need in heat of moment when pressure is on.
Then later on when you are speaking, whenever you need to, you can fire your anchor and instantly go from feeling overwhelmed to feeling confident and strong.
By way, if you have never used anchoring you are in for a mind blowing experience.
3 Disaster Planning
The final stage is to run through worst case scenarios for your upcoming presentation. Think about what could go wrong, what might go wrong, and even, what is unlikely to happen that would be catastrophic if it did happen.
Then work out a plan to deal as best you can with each scenario. Until you have completed this stage you are not ready to face crowd.
By way, you are best person to devise your strategy because your approach must fit with your personality and presentation style. Make sure you feel happy with your plan before you decide to implement it, otherwise on big day you could well end up getting stuck. Not knowing what to do, you could just end up feeling confused.
The presentation itself is tip of iceberg - be sure you sculpt a fine iceberg that will not melt under spotlight.
Peter Murphy *Would you like a free weekly ezine full of practical tips for communicating at your best under pressure* All new subscribers receive a free e-book with powerful strategies for being at your best. To subscribe send a blank email to: