Panic! How Do You Picture Yourself When You Get Into Some Panicky Situation?
June 15, 2007 12:26am CST
I would not know what to do. I just got a message from the boss that there is an emergency presentation that I have to make. My hands would like to go through my files and a part of me would like to go through the files in the computer. There seems to be so much to do in so little time. Another thing is, I have no visual aids yet. If it were you in my situation, what will you do?
• United States
15 Jun 07
My palms go sweaty, my head aches, my body actually stiffens and I even feel like I'm out of breath. Go to your office, or somewhere quiet, sit there, breathe in slowly and just let your body go through the motions and eventually you will calm down, well thats what I do. Then find out how you can go about completing the task as best you can. Don't be shy to ask the boss again for more detail and even ask a fellow workmate to help out if you can. No visual aids like projector/laptop and powerpoint presentation? when you figure out what you need to say and what information you need to convey, print it out in note form and bind the notes toegether in any form you can i.e. staples, bind, and hand out to the audience. They can use these to follow while your talking and to write their own notes as well. (thats if you have enough time to do this). Good luck, I don't like presentations especially if I am the one giving them UGH :)
16 Jun 07
yes, even if we are also used to giving presentations, the preparations are very intricate. now, as for the visual aid, it is better to make use of the projector. i can use some of those files in the cabinet. i need only to make few pages more. thank you for this suggestion. as for the hand outs, i think that there is still sufficient time for that.
15 Jun 07
if this happens to me, i would stay calm as much as i can. breathe in some air and think positive and say 'i can do it...i can do it' for many times. this makes your body and mind feel relaxed for awhile and later continue looking for the materials you will be needing in your presentation. well, i know this is easier said than done but the point is you are able to manage and control the whole situation. remember the old saying, 'haste makes waste', so take your time as you prepare yourself for the 'battle' tomorrow.
15 Jun 07
YOU have put up a very good discussion. in such situations i would advise you to first WRITE DOWN the steps you need to do to complete the work and then do it one by one .this way you can complete the job without much tension. and if you can do some deep breathing in between it will help you to reduce the tension. Also please note try not lose your temper or get angry.