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Preparing for a Big Meeting or Presentation at Work After a TBI

Preparing for a Big Meeting or Presentation at Work After a TBI

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Hey guys, it's Adam. One of the things that really takes a lot preparation for me is if I know I'm going to have a major event at work or if I'm going to be actively participating in a meeting or, you know, some kind of other real serious event that is going to take a lot of concentration and engagement from me is planning ahead. Kind of beforehand, maybe the day before, you know, there's a lot of things that I recommend, but one is definitely getting a good night's sleep. I know it sounds childish, but it's really important to, you know, kind of allow you to perform at your best. Also, plan things out ahead of time. Have your materials, have your researcher kind of have a series of talking points that you might want to discuss ready to go the day before so that you've taken the time to write them out, and it helps get ingrained in your mind, but also you're prepared and planned for the day of so that you can reference those during the meeting or immediately before. Another thing that a lot of people with a brain injury struggle with, or things that personally I've struggled with, is kind of the, afterwards, kind of the exhaustion, the loss of energy. I mean, you've really put yourself into, you know, the event the day before or earlier in that day, and afterwards it just leaves you drained. You know, kind of preparing for and anticipating that I think is really serious and really important that you don't stress yourself out, you don't go full speed the entire day. Make sure you have a period where you can take a little bit of downtime for yourself and kind of recover and recuperate. What that's going to do for you is it's going to project your external appearance and kind of your interactions with others to be on point, essentially. I mean, in the military you train and train and train for the big event, you know, or you train and train and train for your deployment, and, you know, the enemy only sees your deployment. And so, this is kind of that same concept, only, you know, your coworkers and your peers only see you at your best during your presentation. So, I hope that's equally helpful for you, and go break a leg.

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An important event at work can take careful planning and energy — before and after the event. Adam shares some tips to help you "break a leg."

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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