At the end of the course, at the final performance, we measured the stress level again.
The first group averaged a 17% drop, while the second group, who rehearsed with a VR helmet, had a 26% drop.
We concluded that we don't need to fight nervousness – we need to add confidence.
If you understand in advance what force majeure can happen during the performance, and know how to cope with it, the level of stress will decrease. So rehearse more and think in advance about what may put you in an uncomfortable position during the performance:
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- What's the timing? How much time to speak? How much time for questions? Should you answer them at the end or during the process?
- Is there a presentation template? Are there any design requirements?
- Is it possible to check the stage/hall in advance? Where does the speaker stand? What color are the walls?
- Will there be a microphone? With or without wire?
- Who to turn to in case of force majeure? Who to call if suddenly you are late, equipment can't see the presentation or laptop doesn't work?
- Is catering organized?
what else to ask the hosts in order to avoid unpleasant situations.