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[Speaking-Out-Loud July 2019] How to rehearse: practice makes perfect!
July 23, 2019
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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?
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 or 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.
For more information
Here's 7 basic step-by-step rehearsal tips to take you safely from notes to stage.
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