Speaking in front of an audience can be exhausting. You're trying to project, maintain high energy, look and sound convincing, recall your talk and move about the platform.
That should start your pulse racing just a bit. It stands to reason, then, that speakers should be in good shape. Fitness is important.
Running, walking, playing basketball or tennis can improve your cardiovascular conditioning, which helps you breathe more effectively and project your voice. Every speaker should have a regular regimen that includes cardio, especially when you have to speak for extended periods of time.
After dinner speakers can sometimes eat too much
of the wrong things
Lifting weights or performing body weight exercises such as pullups and pushups can help improve your posture and flexibility, giving you a bit more spring in your step. This also helps boost energy levels and keeps your mind sharp.
Nutrition also comes into play. You need a proper balance of protein and carbs, preferably not immediately before you speak. After dinner speakers can sometimes eat too much of the wrong things, affecting how they feel when they begin their presentation.
So, if you're finding yourself dragging when you speak, maybe you need to focus on your fitness and nutrition. After a few weeks, you'll begin to notice and feel the difference. Hopefully, your audiences will, too.
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