Fuel before a presentation: What to eat, what not to eat, and how to boost your mood

Ahhhhh cheeseburgers and fries. Delicious pastas with garlic bread. Blueberry pies and ice cream. And those funny, sweet little alcoholic drinks with the umbrellas tucked in. So good but soooo bad at the same time – and not in the calorie-laden, make-you-launch-into-a-coma way either…

These are foods, or types of foods, you shouldn’t munch on before a heavy presentation. In my experience, sugars, heavy meals, spicy foods and alcohol (trust me, you DON’T want to be THAT speaker that loosens up a bit ‘too’ much) are not the right ways to go prior to a performance.

Sugars will make you crash hard, depleting your energy, heavy meals of fats and carbs will slow you down, and spicy foods….may make you uncomfortable even more so if you’re already nervous for speaking in the first place.

It’s important to eat a cleansing meal prior to speaking. Drink plenty of water, eat light. Salads, veggies, fruits, granola and whole grains are good. Once you’re down, chow down! Just make sure you give yourself enough light proteins and veggies to give yourself the energy boost you need. Even making a smoothie helps.

When you eat  slow and do less talking because you want to avoid any way of chocking, there are many of examples of people who were keynote speakers who had to retire before they gave the speech, which would compromise the event. Now the people who came to hear the speech would be robbed of hearing the guest. Now for the guest it would impact the appility to receive another opportunity to speak to a group. So sometimes it may be wiser to hold off any food until the end of the event.

Last year, CBS came out with a story about ‘six stress busting, mood-boosting foods.’  It gives great tips on how to eat around the office, how drinking tea is a great tip prior to a presentation, even what foods to serve the in-laws if you’re feeling stressed. What we put into our bodies will ultimately reflect how we act, how we feel, how we behave. So I encourage everyone to put that fizzy-burp-inducing soda down and grab a water and lemon before talking to the boss and his crew about your new financial plans for the company! Good eating!

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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