Michael Jordan scored more baskets in his mind than he ever did on the court. He didn’t become one of the greatest athletes of the century with physical skill alone. Before every match, Jordan relaxed and visualized himself making basket after basket, in every imaginable scenario.
Recent studies have proven what athletes have known for decades: Mental rehearsal is a powerful skill. Imagining yourself doing an action triggers neurons to fire in the same areas of the brain that are activated when the action is actual being done. These neurons control attention, perception, memory, and motor control.
Just like athletes, you too can practice mental rehearsal. It’s especially impactful when utilized for high-stress situations like giving presentations. In this post, I’m going to quickly run you through mental rehearsal steps for your next presentation.
Diana is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc. She is a senior training & development professional with 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Europe.