Do as you say.

Imagine you’re with me 6 months ago. I’m sitting in a foyer mentally preparing myself to give a talk in the next 15 minutes. I’m stressing, I feel my heart beating and my mind racing.

Back track 24 hours.

Work has just told me I need to give a talk. They give me the slides, but in my eyes I have to redo the whole thing. With only a days notice!

My messaging had to be right on point. I’m frantic, I’m nervous. I’m trying to get it ‘perfect’.

Fast forward.

I’m back in the foyer mentally preparing myself to give this talk. I’ve got 15 minutes. I’m stressing, I feel my heart beating and my mind racing. I can’t remember ANYTHING!

But hang on a minute… This talk is for mental health week, and the topic? “How to deal with stress.”

Now I’m laughing at myself, and decide to take my own advice.

I do as I say, and voila! My memory returns.

I even used the humour of the moment (15 minutes earlier) to introduce my talk.

They laugh.

They connect.

The message sticks — a great result.

So there it is, the advice we give to others is often the advice we need for ourselves.