Mastering the art of presentation requires both practice and, notably, rehearsal. It is true that a bit of anxiety causes a much better performance but also much stress has the contrary effect. After we are over-anxious about our presentation the raw emotion which makes for a successful demonstration performance is replaced by a faltering, unstructured and disorganized speech. Preparation and rehearsal are critical while we need to manage this mix of emotion. These 5 successful rehearsal techniques will enhance our performance when we present.
Sit down and read softly. We ought to typeset and format our presentation as if we planned to read it to our audience. We start each sentence on a new line and we format with double line spacing. Our selection of typeface and font needs to be for legibility rather than style — and we use upper case characters only for the start of paragraphs, proper names and factors requiring accent. Our intent is to read through the presentation getting to grips with all the feeling of this item, its structure and meaning.
Sit right down and read . After we’ve read through our demonstration or PowerPoint deck many times we are ready to read aloud. Reading aloud is a very important memory enforcer helping us to visualize and memorize key points inside the presentation. Be aware that we are not looking to memorize the speech in its entirety — we’re planning for familiarity with its content.
Stand up and read . Once we have read through our demonstration several times it is good practice to do so standing up. When we stand up we could apply emphasis to all those passages of the speech that need special attention. We can talk up where appropriate and single out key words with extra intonation. At this point we should look out for words or word combinations that are tough to pronounce. Where pronunciation is catchy we ought to think about editing the offending passage. In addition, we look out for long sentences that do nothing to get our breathing regular. We have to think of our effective pauses.
Stand up, read and proceed. With these key tasks completed we can now practise our presentation aloud — moving around. We should walk about and move our arms — pointing to get additional emphasis maybe. We should move our head adjusting our gaze to establish eye contact with the audience as we create each critical point. With a mirror we can construct a feeling of our own freedom and speaking presence.
Record our demonstration. Our final rehearsal Toronto is to prepare a sound recording . Again, we’re not looking for memorization but familiarization. With familiarity goes confidence.
These 5 simple steps enable us to prepare and rehearse our demonstrations to perfection. We manage our stress we restrain our nerves and we are more comfortable with the material that we mean to present — boosting our performance.