Posted by: George E Burney | April 10, 2012

Public Speaking – How To Rehearse Quickly Yet Effectively

This article is based on the assumption that you’re using an outline for the body of your presentation. In my most recent post, I covered some of the many reasons to use an outline rather than a manuscript.

When rehearsing, you’ll want to give your presentation aloud, from start to finish, at least a couple of times. This is necessary for several reasons. First, to time it. Second, to identify and remove any tongue-twisters you may have a tendency to use. Third, to identify for clarification any ideas you’re presenting which turn out to be difficult for you to explain verbally.

Aside from these timed rehearsals, an effective review of your presentation merely requires you to read  the ideas listed in your outline. This allows you to get firmly fixed in mind the sequence in which they appear in your presentation.

Never mind the actual words you’ll use to present those ideas. Your mind will automatically supply you with the words you’ll need, just as it does in everyday conversation.

Think of the time you’ll save! While it might take 20 minutes to rehearse your presentation word-for-word, it may take only 2-3 minutes to review your outlined notes silently, including the time it takes to read your introduction and conclusion as well.

Using this method allows you to cover your presentation 7 to 10 times in the 20 minutes it would take you to rehearse it verbatim only once!

The result? When delivering your material, you’ll really know the ideas to be presented, including the sequence in which they are to be discussed. And what’s more, you will have used a lot less time to become so thoroughly prepared!

Copyright © 2012 by George Burney and betterpublicspeaking


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