How I Am Able to Speak Ten Hours in One Day with Cystic Fibrosis

Once upon a time, about a decade ago, I had a dream to be a motivational speaker and coach. Back then speaking in public was actually a HUGE fear for me, but I pushed past the fear and started practicing and eventually the fear left and I now LOVE speaking in public! I’m a driven person so I’ve got BIG goals of things I want to accomplish in the next decade; and I also have cystic fibrosis. This gets a bit tricky because my energy levels can sometimes get depleted just with basic every day life tasks, so it really is a big deal that I am able to speak ten hours in one day with cystic fibrosis!

Yes, it’s true. No, I’m not being dramatic or over exaggerating. Our Beautiful Wholeness event for women is a powerful, jam-packed day of personal and professional development and we go from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm and sometimes a few minutes past that if need be. We have breaks for lunch and dinner, but other than that, both Raychel and I are coaching and speaking together all day long for ten hours. It’s a RUSH! And each time we have done it over the last year, my energy and capacity to handle more, grows. So I thought I would take a quick moment to tell all my aspiring speaker friends my tips for how to speak for ten hours in one day with cystic fibrosis (or whatever other kind of health challenge you might have *wink*). You can watch a short video about it, here; however, I’m throwing in two extra tips in this post that you won’t find in the video, so let’s go!

Tip 1: Juice Plus+

This is my secret weapon for more energy and a stronger immune system! I’ve been eating Juice Plus+ for over a decade now and on days where I speak, I take two to three times the normal amount. It’s not a supplement – it’s real food! Quite simply it is fruits and vegetables that have been juiced and then dehydrated and put into a capsule.

Tip 2: Shakes

Meal replacement shakes and protein shakes are my second secret weapon. I have one in the morning with me on stage, and then another one around 2:30 pm on stage again. When you speak for ten hours in one day with cystic fibrosis or without it, you need to keep your nutrition going! So don’t be vain and worry about what it will look like if you drink out of a shaker bottle or a water bottle on stage. Fuel your body in between meals! Trust me – you’ll be so glad you did because you won’t have headaches from not eating.

Tip 3: Extra Breathing Treatments

Living with cystic fibrosis requires me to take a breathing treatment in the morning and another one in the evening so my lungs can be clear and I can cough out the extra mucus that this silly disease creates. My secret though is this: on days where I speak for ten hours, I end up doing four treatments a day! That’s right. Every meal break…I take a treatment. It totally helps keep my energy levels up and I’m not coughing up a lung all day either. So, if you have different health challenges than I do, my advice is to do the things you are suppose to for regular maintenance and then do extras when long days arrive and if permitted by your doctors!

Tip 4: Heels in the morning, tennis shoes in the evening

It really doesn’t get more self explanatory than that. Ladies, if stilettos are your A-game shoe, then I’m going to advise you to pack a pair of tennis shoes for the evening. Trust me, your feet will thank you! (And your legs, your back, your mind, all of you really.)

Tip 5: Establish a Workout Routine

This seems obvious, but I’m going to say it anyway. Establish a workout routine BEFORE your big game, folks! Listen, Champions WIN in their every day training – not by chance in the ring. The things you do before hand will make or break your endurance on the day of a big speaking engagement whether that’s a ten hour gig or a one hour gig in front of thousands. You are worth it! And the people you will be pouring into – well, they deserve to have you at your BEST.

There’s my tips, Friends. I hope it helps and hey, if you’ve got more tips to help with public speaking, I’d love to hear them! Share your tips in the comments below and let’s all rise up as awesome speakers with more endurance than others know what to do with!

Much love,

~Coach Mandy

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