Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse. Then rehearse some more.
I beat this into all of my client. There is nothing that will help your presentation more than rehearsal. The benefits are endless. But hey, it wouldn’t be a blog post on The Presentation School if I didn’t give you a few in a neat little bulleted list:
- If you’re nervous, you can go into autopilot. You won’t have to overthink your content anymore.
- You’ll sound more natural. Steve Jobs rehearsed for 72 hours for each of his presentations so he could sound off the cuff.
- It’ll help you memorize your content so you can focus on important things like eye contact with your audience.
- You’ll catch content that doesn’t make sense so you can fix it.
- You’ll get over your ums, ehs, literallys and of course, ands. No more filler words, just your content (though some ums are natural)
- You’ll be ready for technical difficulties. If you’ve lost your slides, no worries, you know your content, you’ll just go with the content that doesn’t need a visual.
- You’ll do better. Period. End of story. Who doesn’t want that?