BY BET TI COFFE Y
You’re speaking to 300 people and you
start feeling sweat pour down your face!
Just like it would feel riding your first
bull. You get clammy, your mouth is dry,
your nose is running, and your ears are
“What’s going on?” You’re speaking
and smiling at the audience. They’re
engaged, shaking their heads, and
collaborating adoringly with you, but
you’re going to collapse!
Nope, I’m not a rookie with a fresh
case of nerves. I’ve been speaking for
more than 30 years, so this isn’t, as we
say in Texas, my first rodeo!
Thankfully, my momentum kicked in!
I finished my presentation, signings, and
testimonials, and eventually returned
to normal. I had dodged that bullet. But
what had happened?
Here’s the scoop. I had undergone
minor outpatient surgery four days
before my presentation, and the doctor
gave me two prescriptions, which I
discontinued in three days. I thought the
drugs would be out of my system and
that I’d be normal.
I later learned that each drug you
take is different and can take anywhere
between one to five days to leave the
So, take care of yourself and let
your body recuperate! If you don’t, that
descent is going to be a long, slow-motion fall into ever-hard rodeo sand!
BETTI COFFEY is a business
growth leader, international
keynote speaker, trainer, coach,
and author. She speaks about
Generating Momentum and
Capturing HorsePower! She’ll
be the president of NSA-North
Texas Chapter in 2018-2019.
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