The idea here is to avoid frittering away your energy on small talk with the organizers or other attendees or backstage crew, and to save it for when you need it, on stage. Don't fill the time playing with your smart phone, either. Just get yourself mentally prepared for going on stage or in front of the room. Neuroscientists have found that multitasking drains your brain's energy reserves.
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Join me in Edinburgh, Scotland, on October 20 for a new workshop, Add Meaning with Metaphor: Improve your Speeches with the Most Powerful Figure of Speech. It's a pre-conference workshop at the Edinburgh Speechwriters and Business Communicators Conference, designed to help both speakers and speechwriters use this powerful tool. You can register here for just the workshop, the conference, or both, and you'll get the best discount if you sign up by August 1.