Don't Panic If You ForgetWritten by Ron Sathoff
One of worst fears that public speakers have is that they will forget their speech. I'm sure none of us would want to feel embarrassment of standing in front of an audience not knowing what to say next.
If you do happen to experience a "memory blank" in your speech, there are some things that you should keep in mind. First, DON'T PANIC! The worst thing you can do is to get upset and immediately start apologizing to audience or going "UM UM UM" over and over again.
Instead of panicking, just remain quiet, keep eye contact with audience, and try to remember what it was that you were going to say. What may seem an eternity to you will only be a second or two to audience, and your loss of memory will only seem like a pause to them -- as long as you don't announce that you've made a mistake.
The Power of Simple AwarenessWritten by Gloria Reibin
In reading Dr. Cohen's article "Stuck? Frustrated? Going Bananas?" I was struck by one line, "We're too busy trying to make things happen in our favor rather than naturally let things happen in our favor." That line carried me back to basics, back to concept of simple awareness.
Anyone who has attempted affirmations knows that they work. Make a positive statement to yourself often enough and you begin to believe it. Continue affirmation, it grows past belief and ripens into an accepted part of your life. Eventually, positivity seeps into your brain, becoming as much a part if you as your skin or your eyes.
Years ago, I read a book called "The Creative Process" which consisted of a collection of essays by artists, scientists, mathematicians and a whole array of creative people. I was struck by commonality of creative experience about which these people wrote.
In each case, person described days, months, or even years of effort at a project or problem, only to find answer swell up in their brain and surface in a dream, on a walk by sea or while taking a bath.
One woman I know tried to remember name of a person she hadn't thought of in years. That night she dreamt of a billboard with person's name splashed across it. Why do people say, "Let me sleep on it?"