*Have you ever dreaded an upcoming presentation, meeting or function because you just knew that group would be hostile* Maybe you had heard that these people are very critical, even aggressive.
*How can you prepare for such a situation even though you would prefer to disappear into thin air.*
1 Use Adversity To Make You Stronger
Very often we make our greatest breakthroughs in face of huge challenges. We improve our performance overnight because we absolutely have to so as to avoid dire consequences. It might even be a case of get this result now or lose your job.
Knowing that you will be facing a hostile crowd, why not decide now to prepare for presentation better than you have ever done before. Decide that you will absolutely take charge of situation and then devise a plan to make sure you will be awesome when pressure is on.
Work on content of your presentation, your delivery, and especially on how you will interact with a difficult audience. Anticipate heckling, negative responses and resistance. Then decide before event how you will deal with it. Devise answers and responses for stupid questions and boorish behavior.
All too often we do a little preparation before a big event and then just hope that it will all turn out right. If professional sportspeople approached their work like that sport would not even be worth watching. If all those famous singers, dancers and comedians did not constantly work on their skills BEFORE a performance then you would never have heard of them.
Giving a presentation takes very little time, and it is tip of iceberg, an iceberg that you sculpt in days before event.
Think for a moment about how much time you spend in preparation for a speech, a job interview or a meeting. Now DOUBLE time you normally invest in yourself. Spend time on becoming excellent instead of just aiming to be good.
Use force against you to become stronger - turn threat into an opportunity. The stronger breeze, stronger trees.
2 State Management