Public Speaking Coaching Tips: How to Prep for a Last-Minute Presentation

Public Speaking Coaching Tips: How to Prep for a Last-Minute Presentation

Do you have a last-minute presentation to give but don't know where to start? We have some great public speaking coaching tips to help you calm your nerves and get organized quick.

You have that dream again. You're on stage about to give a presentation.

You try to speak but no words come out.

The idea of public speaking can be scary and nerve-wracking.

But it doesn't have to be. Even a last-minute one. With a little preparation and the right public speaking coaching, your presentation can be smooth sailing.

Our Top Public Speaking Coaching Tips

Do you have a last-minute presentation and your stomach is currently doing backflips?

We compiled our best public speaking coaching tips to help get you ready to give your best presentation.

Do a Brain Dump: Write Down Everything

The first thing you should do is write down everything in your head that relates to your presentation. You can write down your thoughts on paper or type them out in a blank document.

Doing a brain dump helps clear your mind and gets your thoughts out on paper (or on screen). You can actually see your ideas and get a better idea of how to prepare and what topics to focus on.

Once you get your ideas written down, you can start to organize your presentation. Rewrite your notes into a coherent outline. Write down which topics you will cover and what you will talk about.

Take a Few Minutes to Meditate

Meditating is like a workout for your brain. Meditating just five minutes a day can help you feel calmer, help you ignore negative voices, and replace that negativity with confident and encouraging voices.

Before your presentation, and after your brain dump, take a few minutes to breathe.

Find a relaxing area. Breathe in and out, and focus on your breathing. Let your thoughts about your presentation come in and out of focus as you continue to pay attention to your breathing.

It's hard these days to stop everything, even if it's just for a few minutes. We are always on the go, always trying to multitask and trying to figure out what we have to do next. These few breathes can be important in refocusing your thoughts and mentally preparing yourself for your presentation.


Even if you only have a couple of days, or even a few hours, find the time to practice. You can practice on your way home, as you're preparing dinner, or even in the shower.

Don't Memorize your Presentation

Practicing is great, but memorizing your presentation is not. According to, a memorized speech can feel disconnected. Furthermore, when you memorize what you're going to say, if you get distracted or forget a word, you can freeze up and ruin your whole speech.

What you can do instead is practice and review your notes. You can also write down the main points of your presentation on note cards. You can use the note cards as reminders of what to talk about throughout your speech.

Feeling Nervous? Fake It 'Til You Make It

Even if you are nervous about your presentation, the best approach is to convince yourself that you're not. In fact, according to Psychology Today, you can build up your confidence by simply convincing yourself that you can do it. The more you believe in yourself, the more confident you will be.

Practice our public speaking coaching tips and crush that presentation. Take a deep breath, review your notes, and tell yourself that you got this. Because you do.

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