Few can stand up and give a great presentation without practice. Those who do give good, unpracticed presentations, may be cheating their audience. If they had practiced, it could have been a phenomenal presentation.
What are some good speech practice tips? After outlining/writing out my speech, here is what I have found helpful:
Practice your speech out loud
When I practice out loud, I think of new and better ways to same key points and punchlines. It makes my presentation 35% better. If possible do this several times.
Practice your speech early
Sleeping on our presentation after practice allows our subconscious mind to go to work. Pick up the speech again in a day or two and you will upgrade your content. This is one of the most powerful tips for creating compelling presentations.
Practice in the theater of your mind
Top speakers have shared with me that they will visualize the audience and then deliver the presentation in the theater of their mind. Not only is this good dress rehearsal but it will calm your nerves and help you deliver a good presentation
Visualize the stage and your audience. Go through the presentation in your mind. Visualize the response of the audience.
Practice while distracted
Mowing the lawn, cleaning, walking, jogging, etc. are all great times to run through your presentation. This new practice venue will stretch your mind and help cement your content.
Practice by listening to your practice speech
This is recommended by Alan Wiess, the million dollar speaker. Record one of your practice speeches and then listen to it once or twice. You will be hearing how you sound to the audience. Tweak and keep practicing.
Practice all or parts of your speech in front of live audiences
If part of your speech flops, you want it to flop in front of a small practice group. Rehearse short segments in your Toastmasters Club, in front of family members, or other opportunities. It’s hard to beat live stage time.
Many speakers have the capacity to be a 5 star speaker. However, they are only three star because of lack practice. Practice and rehearse your speech with these public speaking tips.
Giving a speech without adequate practice is like taking bread out of the oven before it is fully cooked.