How to prepare for important meetings, interviews and presentations 

 

All tax professionals will face times in their careers where they have a really important presentation, meeting or interview, it is really helpful to be physically prepared for these, in order to ensure that you provide the best possible version of yourself.

Physical preparation can help with reducing nerves and feeling more in control.

So next time you find yourself nervous or worried about such an occasion try out our physical preparation tips.

7 Days before

In the lead up take five minutes each day away from everyone and just BE.  What does this mean?  Turn off your screens, plant your feet firmly on the floor and really be present. Listen to the sounds around you, close your eyes and slow down your breathing. This will provide you with a moment of calm each day and help you to learn how to really listen and be fully present in future meetings/interviews etc. 

24 hours before

 Identify your most energetic and positive friend/family member and speak to them within the 24 hour countdown.  There is often that one person who leaves you feeling energised and positive. In these 24 hours avoid those who tend to sap your energy.

If you feel nervous get moving, go for a walk or run to wake up your body and get your energy flowing.

Just before

Smile at everyone you meet along the way to the interview or meeting, this will ensure you leave a good impression on everyone plus smiling will lift your move.

Repeat the ‘just being’ exercise above.

Just before the event go into a private space (the toilet will do!), shake out the tension in your head, shoulders, arms and legs.  You will be amazed at how much tension you will release.

As you stand up to walk into the event, shoulders back, stand tall, lift up your head, this will help you walk in feeling and looking more confident and powerful.

Throughout make sure you breathe! Never underestimate the power of breath and its relationship with voice.  If your breath is fast and shallow, it will distort your speech.  Breathe from the bottom of your stomach to ensure long, smooth breaths.  This will help you find your natural voice when you are under pressure. 

We, at The Tax Recruitment Company,  are happy to help you reduce your nerves before any important event. Please read our other advice on preparing for interviews or talk to us for more assistance.

 

 

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.  

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

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