Right now, point to the person who determines how you feel. I hope you’re not pointing to your spouse, your boss, or anyone other than yourself, because—of course!—it’s you. You determine how you feel. But here’s the rub: Is there someone in your life who’s an expert at ticking you off? If you’re like most people, the answer is yes. But how can this be? How can you be the one who determines how you feel, yet believe that someone else can make you angry? Doesn’t it have to be one or the other? Hmm.
To be an outstanding presenter, you must be the one to decide how you feel! The reality is that most of the time, the audience members won’t be that interested in making you feel good. As a matter of fact, some of them won’t even want to be in the room. I’ve stood in front of hundreds of audiences where, when I first looked at them, all I could see were people with no energy who didn’t even want to be there. Fortunately, I’ve trained myself to get excited about these kinds of audiences. And it did take some serious training. When I first started giving presentations, an audience with no energy would psych me out. I’d blame them for me not being at the top of my game. But I learned a long time ago
that’s a loser’s game to play. As a presenter, it’s your job to make sure that you feel great and then deliver your presentation with an energy that changes how the audience feels! Winners know that the only way to ever be able to change how someone else feels is by taking control of how you feel.