Are you speaking at a conference soon? Fantastic! You are going to do great. Why? Because you invest seriously in preparation to reap real rewards.
Yes, practicing can feel artificial and awkward. Especially practicing in front of other people. But practice does two vital things – it helps your body get familiar with presenting and it helps your brain absorb your message. When you know your message really well, you can focus on helping your audience absorb it.
Practice builds comfort. Comfort builds confidence. When you feel confident as a communicator, you become natural and articulate. That’s when the magic happens.
Practice in the shower. Practice on your commute – record yourself on your phone and listen while you’re trapped on the freeway. Present to your dog. He will be fascinated and attentive.
The other aspect of preparation is about the environment. If you put on the headset microphone for the first time thirty seconds before you go on stage, your brain will be focusing on what that microphone feels like in your ear and how you sound through it.
Insist on getting time on the keynote stage with the lights on and the microphones at the right levels before you do any speech. Check your microphone or earbuds. Make sure you can see the teleprompter and slide display. Try the stage lights to see if they’re going to be in your eyes.
Get paranoid and plan for things to go wrong. Haven’t you ever seen a projector fail? Or a remote not work? Or a demo crash? We all have. Expect it and have a plan B.
An unprepared communicator who wings it may stick the landing one in a hundred times. If you’re comfortable with those odds, good for you. But a prepared communicator delivers consistently, and gets consistently better at delivery every time she speaks.
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