This type works not only for presentations but job interviews as well. If you are ever asked, ‘Do you want some water?,’ always, always say YES. The water helps, along with the peppermint candy, against the dry mouth. It’s also a very effective stall tactic.
Now, every now and then, you’ll get a question, whether you’re giving a presentation or a job interview, that stumps you. You need a moment to think without it coming off that you have no clue what to say. I’ve found its at that moment you reach for the water. You won’t have to fake the ‘I’m thinking’ face because that’s what you’ll be doing. You unscrew the cap, maybe say ‘that’s a good question,’ and take a sip (or swig) of water. The whole time your brain is working. You’ll be surprised what a few seconds can do. I think its something about the split focus (drinking water + coming up with an answer) helps the brain to find that answer.
Just think if you didn’t have the water. Those would be some agonizingly, painful, awkward seconds that, to you, will feel like hours. At least with a sip of water, it makes your brain think of something else instead of the ‘OMG, I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER.’
Give it a try. You’ll be surprised.