• Scott Stiefvater

Using a mantra to get into your ideal speaking state.

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

You can't do your best as a speaker when you are not in an ideal state of mind. The good news is you can reset your state, and using a mantra is one way to do it.

If you are feeling balanced, present, energized, generous, open and creative, you are all good. No need to reset. But if you are feeling unsettled, preoccupied, low-energy, defensive, anxious or tight, take a moment to:

  1. Breath Take 1-3 relaxing breaths.

  2. Ground Sense the floor and/or chair, get balanced and sink into gravity.

  3. Quiet your eyes Close them or stare at a single object using a soft focus.

  4. Say your mantra Say it out loud or in your head. Make the voice expressive. Feel it. Mean it. If your head, face or hands want to move with the words, let them. Repeat your mantra until you feel you've reset your state. This may take just one repetition. It may take ten.

  5. Break Bounce, rub your hands together or clap to wake up your senses.

Creating your Mantra

The words are yours to choose, but they should center on your deepest intention, not surface behaviors. Here are a few examples:

  • 'I am a mentor. I am just a mentor.'

  • 'Don't try for the perfect words. Transfer the perfect ideas.'

  • 'Be in the present. Stay in the present.'

Making a mantra work for you may take some time and experimentation. But, with practice, resetting your state will become quicker and easier.


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