We’ve all heard the expression”live in the moment”. Well- this also applies to giving a speech or presentation. Lets say you’ve just had a fight with your significant other, you received bad news, or you just feel under the weather. You can  train  yourself to put these feelings aside for a short time by “self -talk”. Repeat to yourself –out loud often helps—- “nothing matters right and for the next hour except this speech”, or ” I’ll make a great speech now, and I WILL be able to deal with this situation later”.  Now do your speech as if it is the only thing  that matters at that moment in time. Your mood  and your presentation will be focused and upbeat, and your positive energy will be transferred to your message and your audience. Try it and see how self-talk can help you cope with your feelings -even if it is only for a short period of time.


Bonnie Gross B.A., D.S.P.A., SLP.

President, SpeechScience International, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Voice Transformer

Bonnie Gross is currently the President of SPEECH SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL – a company devoted to helping individuals become dynamic, influential speakers and communicators, through training, in voice enhancement, fearless public speaking, leadership speaking skills, VOCAL EQ, and accent reduction.  Bonnie graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Psychology, and a postgraduate DSPA in Speech Pathology and Audiology. With a dual career in both Speech Pathology and Radio and Television Arts, Bonnie is able to transform individuals into dynamic, persuasive, exciting speakers.

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