Public Speaking – Why it’s important to practice (duh!)
Yep, of course it’s obvious that we need to practice but…lots of people don’t enjoy the act of rehearsing their speech.
And little wonder.
We all want to be good at the things we do, and it can be painful to have to go through that messy period where our speech is half-formed, we can’t remember what to say and we’re worried about how well the content will go down with the audience.
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Three important reasons to practise your public speaking:
1 – A huge reason is to help combat your fear of public speaking!
Now I know it’s not something we all suffer from but quite often, when people come to me with knees knocking and teeth chattering caused by glossophobia (the fear of public speaking), a little bit of rehearsal can go a loooong way in reducing that shaky feeling. Next time you’re worried about a presentation, instead of letting that fear well up, take it on early and start rehearsing with plenty of time to spare. Give yourself at least a few weeks if at all possible.
2 – Respect the amount of time you’ve been given on the agenda
Rehearsing a speech will allow you to get the timing right. I’ve seen many a speaker over-run horribly during a packed meeting and it can take discipline to keep strictly to time. Proper practise will allow you to time your message and make sure you include your key elements without things appearing too rushed. It’s respectful to your audience and to the meeting organiser to observe the timing they’ve given you and sometimes, when a speaker over-runs, they don’t get invited back.
3 – If you want to get better at speaking then you’d better practise!
This is the most obvious reason. You wouldn’t expect an Olympian to win gold without hours of rehearsal. Our speaking goals might be much more modest than those of an elite sportsperson but we still have to put some time and elbow grease into it if we expect to get better. Make time for some deliberate practice. Work on the bits you find particularly tough…is it creating a decent structure? Storytelling? Closing in a compelling way? Make note of the good and the not so good at the end of each and every presentation. This is a good place to start when practising the next one.
Yep, practice can be a pain, but it’s super important for more than just the 3 reasons I’ve chosen to highlight above. Do yourself, your audience and your message a favour and carve out some time to practise that next talk! Good luck!
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