Question #25: How do I minimize preparation time when preparing a presentation?
Can you reduce preparation time and increase the quality of your presentation at the same time? Yes, you can with a specific strategy. The key is to marinate your speech. My friend cooks very delicious food. One of his secrets is to take the meat and/or vegetables and marinate them. He will soak them in a liquid filled with spices, acids, and other ingredients. This process may take hours or even days. Occasionally he will turn it to help the marination process. Marinating the meat enhances the flavor and creates a very delicious meal. Marinating your speech will enhance the quality and reduce your preparation time. How?
- Have your speech done days or weeks ahead of time.
- Practice your speech twice a day for three days leading up to the presentation.
When you follow this process, several things will happen:
- Brilliant thoughts and additional ideas will pop into your mind.
- You'll think of better ways to word it, and take out unnecessary fluff.
- You will internalize your speech, so it is a part of you. It will be a very smooth presentation.
- You will increase your confidence, because you have practiced.
- You will reduce your preparation time.
By working on your speech over a period of days or weeks, you will spend less time staring at your computer screen or notebook. You may jot down a couple notes every evening and slowly build your speech. If you are used to not practicing much, then this extra practice will take more time. However, the quality of your presentation will significantly improve by following the process. Take time to marinate your presentation. You will reduce your speech preparation time and increase the quality of the presentation.