“When you visualize everything with detail and feeling, you can get a better handle of what it will really be like. If you think you’ll be in a suit and tie, imagine how that feels (or really put one on). If you think you’d be nervous, try to incorporate that too.
Think about your physical environment as well. Are you sitting or are you standing? If you’ll be moving around, adding movement to your rehearsal can help a great deal. Athlete and author Christopher Bergland suggests that movement will let you solidify your routine more”:
‘During mental rehearsal, you want to flex both hemispheres of the cerebrum by using your imagination while simultaneously engaging the left and right hemispheres of the cerebellum by using ‘muscle memory.’ Adding movement to mental imagery engages all four hemispheres which gives anybody the opportunity to take his or her ‘fluid’ performance to a level of superfluidity.
The more real you can make your mental rehearsals feel, the more you’ll realize how ready you are. By the time you have to actually get up in front of people, talk to your boss, walk down the aisle, or even host your kid’s birthday party, it will feel like second nature to you.’