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[Speaking-Out-Loud July 2016] Why being REAL gets better with practice
July 31, 2016
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How often have you heard people make statements like these?
I never practice. I want my speech to be spontaneous.
Yes, they're winging it. Avoiding rehearsal.
Practice is often forgotten about or dismissed as something for perfection seeking control freaks - something not worry about. After all if you've written or prepared your speech presentation, you're done, right?
Wrong! A prepared speech needs live testing. Reading the notes or running it through in your head doesn't do it. A potential chasm lurks between what you imagine in the safety of your mind and reality. The only way to avoid falling into its dark embrace is to rehearse - to practice.
From notes to speech
Notes only become a speech when they are spoken. Words on paper are half a speech. It is completed, made whole, through delivery and it's delivery (how you say your words, what you do while you are saying them), that can make the difference between an effective and successful presentation, and a poor one.
What rehearsal/practice does
Practice will let you know:
Rehearsal will also allow you to:
The fear that you will sound robotic or scripted is a mistake. Rehearsal lets you experiment. It lets you find out safely where your strengths and weaknesses are. A person only looks and sounds robotic if they adhere slavishly to a script, if they ignore their audience.
A speech is dynamic - an interaction between yourself, the speaker, and your audience. To do more than "wing it" or "go through the motions", active, live, out-loud practice is the only possible solution. There are no short cuts. The more you do the better, and more natural, speaker you will become.
Here's 7 basic step-by-step rehearsal tips to take you safely from notes to stage.
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That's a whole lot of people having fun with these public speaking games.
Here you go! It's winter in my part of world - rain beating on the windows, wind howling. It's cold! This is a perfect mix of motivational speeches to shut out the grey day, warm the heart, and fire the imagination.
There's J.K. Rowling: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” (2008), David Foster Wallace: "This Is Water" (2005), Brené Brown: "The Power of Vulnerability" (2013),[I love the animated video.], Al Pacino: "Inch by Inch" (1999), Steve Jobs: "How to Live Before You Die" (2005) plus 11 more.
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