Presentation Hiccup

by Joseph Kwon in


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"It's TIME!"

Now you're not stepping into the Octagon, but it sure feels that way. Butterflies in your stomach are aflutter, doubts are circling, and your adrenaline is pumping. You've put in the time and there is no turning back now. It's time for your BIG presentation. 

You run through your checklist.
-Sound? Check.
-Hair and makeup? Check.
-Backup notes? Check.
-In the zone? Check.

And then it happens. The one thing you didn't anticipate that could derail your entire presentation. You are assaulted by a severe case of the hiccups! I'm not talking about cute, newborn baby hiccups. I'm talking about the explosive, jet propulsion variety set to 11 on the volume dial. You picture the audience being distracted at best and envisioning Andy Capp at worst. You do NOT want to be remembered as "The Hiccup Guy/Gal!"

When the pressure is on, you don't rise to the occasion, you fall to your highest level of preparation.
~Chris Voss

Luckily, you are prepared. I will share with you two EZPZ ways to rid yourself of hiccups.

Method #1 is the one I swear by, but if you are clumsy or prone to spills, you might opt for Method #2.

Method #1. Drink from the other side of a cup.
Step 1. Fill a cup halfway
Step 2. Bend at the waist 90 degrees
Step 3. Drink from the far side of the cup

Method #2. Hold your breath and drink.
Step 1. Hold your breath by pinching your nose.
Step 2. Take 8 sips while continuing to hold your breath.

Here's a short video that helps explains these two methods and throws in a third.

Now that your hiccups have been defeated, time to K.O. your presentation

Good luck!

If you have any questions or comments or would like to share a presentation story or your own, I would love to hear from you.