Sometimes the inevitable happens just when you don’t need them to. Your brain will go blank on you. It could be during your project report in school, at an office presentation, while delivering your graduation speech in front of a big audience, during your job interview or while taking an oral language proficiency exam. What really is the culprit? In most of these cases it’s the nerves, anxiety and fear. How do we shun it away? London’s English Academy has got some neat advice for everyone on how to cope up when your brain goes blank.
BREATHE AND CALM DOWN. Do breathing exercises. Sit straight up, Put your hands on your lap palms down if you are sitting or on your side if you are standing up. Gently close your eyes for three seconds. Slowly inhale and exhale. Don’t allow your confusion and stress to overwhelm you. Calm down, relax and breathe.
IT’S OKAY TO TAKE A SHORT PAUSE. Yes it definitely is. Rather than talk nonsense and say loads of filler words, take a short pause. The key word here is “short”. Three to five seconds will do but see to it that you do not appear lost by keeping your posture and maintain eye contact.
NEVER LOOK DOWN. MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT. When you feel lost for words, keep your eyes alive. Never look down, on the sides, up or anywhere else. Look at the person or audience you are talking to. This way you are still communicating with them through a gaze and it could appear that you are making a point or stressing on a topic when in fact you are finding your way back.
SMILE AND KEEP YOUR POSTURE. Don’t lose it. It’s not a lost battle yet so be sure to still be in proper posture. Do not let those eyebrows meet or frown that it creates wrinkles in your forehead. Worry lines are not needed at this point in time. You have to look confident.
REMEMBER TO FAMILIARIZE AND NOT MEMORIZE. One of the many reasons why your brain can go blank is because you memorized more than you understood. Let’s say that you are going to a job interview or to an oral exam. Chances are you have practiced your answers to familiar and common questions. The English Academy reminds us to avoid memorizing them but instead familiarize and understand them by heart. When you do so you are less likely to have you mind pause abruptly.