“When I first started public speaking in front of large audiences, I used to get so nervous about forgetting my "lines” that I would physically throw up,“ Andrew Vorster from London
confided on LinkedIn.
We can probably all agree that throwing up is a sub-optimal response to doing your job. What makes the story beautiful - and the reason Andrew shared it is what comes after:
"One day, a professional speaker that had seen me do a keynote before came up to me and asked me why I was so nervous. On hearing of my fear, he said: "Nobody out there knows what you are *supposed* to say - so they won’t know what you leave out.”
This advice radically transformed my mindset and has turned out to be the best career advice to date.“
Even if you do have a naked moment during your talk, it might not matter. The audience will not know about it. And if you are serious about speaking, whatever you forgot will be hammered into your talk next time you are on stage.
If you do want to try a new approach to remembering the content and it feels a little daunting, remember this piece of advice, even if you do feel a little naked the first time you are on stage.