How to avoid a Rick Perry brain freeze

It can happen to the best of us. What, if anything, can you do to prevent your memory from failing you?

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As a native Texan, I’m sad and embarrassed for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his debate performance last week.

We’ve all seen the gaffe by now.

The cringe-worthy moment highlights the importance of preparation before you give a speech or interview.

Here are three takeaways from Perry’s temporary amnesia:

1. Good notes. Don’t rely on your memory because your nerves will work against you. Prepare yourself with good notes so you can convert nervous energy into a positive, confident message.

Your notes will easily remind you of important points. Only include key words—not sentences—that will start your mind going down the right path.

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