There’s more to life than public speaking and blogging. One of my passions is long-distance cycling. In fact, I just got back from a three-hour 75 km ride up in the mountains.
Every cyclist knows is the importance of eating right – before, during and after a long ride. A mainstay of any cyclist’s diet is the humble but mighty banana. Each one packs oodles of nutritional value. But bananas are not just for cyclists; they are an excellent food choice for anyone who has to give a speech or presentation.
How so? Consider the following:
1. Bananas contain glucose, sucrose and fructose, three naturally occurring sugars that provide energy.
2. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. The people at www.bananasweb.com note that potassium helps normalize our heartbeat and regulate the water balance in our bodies.
3. Potassium is important in another way. An article in the Harvard Business School student weekly, The Harbus, summarizes a 2007 lecture by Harvard Professor Dale Deletis on overcoming the fear of public speaking. Professor Deletis recommended eating bananas because the potassium that they contain helps relax the muscles in our bodies. Speaking in public can sometimes be stressful. Our pulse quickens and we tense up because of the adrenaline rush. Consuming sufficient amounts of potassium will help us relax and avoid stiff muscles.
Quite apart from the above, bananas provide a multitude of other health benefits. Check them out here.
So, as long as you are not allergic to them, make bananas part of your regular diet. And when you have a speaking engagement, in addition to your other materials, make sure that you bring a banana or two along. Many times, we find ourselves having to speak at the end of the morning or afternoon, long after breakfast or lunch has been digested. Eating a banana 30 minutes to an hour before your speaking time will give you a nice healthy boost.
Oh, and if you have to give a really BIG speech Down Under, consider visiting The Big Banana just north of Coff’s Harbour on Australia’s east coast. I’ve been. It’s a lot of fun and a lifetime’s worth of potassium all rolled into one.