Experience vs. practice

Speak Schmeak

However, according to Time.com article " The Science of Experience ," it's not the amount of time spent repeating an activity that determines expert performance, but the time spent practicing the most difficult skills associated with that activity.

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Use the Power of Practice to Build Your Speaking Skills

DeFinis Communications

There was no physical video; he was referring instead to the practice of visualization. Every morning and night, Phelps was to relax his body and visualize his practice in the pool. Like Phelps, you must create practice routines (or habits) that lead to success.

Slideware Shoot-Out: Keynote ‘09, PowerPoint 2008, & OpenOffice 3 Impress

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Having only Keynote on my laptop wasn’t going to cut it, so I bought a copy of Office 2008 and downloaded OpenOffice 3.0 PowerPoint’s template choices in the 2008 version are light-years ahead of those in PowerPoint 2004.

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practicing figures of speech online

The Eloquent Woman

Don't forget to use the audio component: It lets you practice along with some of the greatest speakers in history. Many seeking to learn how to be eloquent turn to longstanding rhetorical devices, the tricks of the trade of eloquent speakers --if they know where to find them.

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the speaker's wish list: practice tools

The Eloquent Woman

Calling someone a "practiced speaker" is a compliment that recognizes the work involved in becoming a smooth, eloquent presenter, interviewee or speaker. But even speakers who invest in training need to spend time practicing on their own.

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practice with the candidates: video tool

The Eloquent Woman

If you're using the political conventions to pick up speaker tips, you can use an interactive tool on the New York Times's website to practice along with the candidates. Leave a comment to let me know your thoughts on this as a practice tool!

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See, hear and taste your audience

Speak Schmeak

As with any practice, the more you do it, the easier it gets. This practice allows you to still feel what's going on in your body and note what's going on in your head without being distracted by it all. Here's an article about the Buddhist practice of mindfulness that might be helpful.)

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Who deserves your best?

Speak Schmeak

Do you convince yourself that you don't need to put a lot of preparation or practice into your talk, because it's "just coworkers" or "just my church?" I have a problem. I save things for "special occasions" that never happen. My favorite perfume? Don't want to waste it.

2008 141

How to use a microphone

Speak Schmeak

Practice turning the mic on and off if there's a switch. As with all public speaking, practice what you are going to say ahead of time, preferably with the microphone.

Talent or skill, part 2

Speak Schmeak

For more on the discussion about talent vs. skill , or experience vs. practice , here's some research from the BPS Research Digest blog on the musical ability and practice habits of 200+ musicians and their level of musical achievement.

2008 130

Are you playing like a champion?

Speak Schmeak

I do fine without practicing." (Oh What's your excuse for not giving it all you've got as a speaker? "I Oh yeah? Says who?) "I I didn't have time to prepare." (I I bet you found plenty of time for Twitter.) "I'm I'm not 100% today." Your audience still needs 100% of you.) "I'm

2008 141

Public Speaking : Last Minute Practice

Great Public Speaking

Even after the enormous number of presentations I've done I still practice my stories and various bits of material the night before my event. Practice your material several times right before you do your speech and you'll have a much greater chance that each word will come out perfectly If you happen to be staying in a hotel in a room next to mine, it is very likely you would hear parts of my upcoming speech bellowing through the walls.

2008 40

Are you canned or fresh?

Speak Schmeak

If your content is not based on real, practical solutions and tools, you are wasting their time. They need a speaker who can give them what they need and want in the real world, not in some theoretical universe where your words sounds pretty but have no practical application.

2008 130

I do and I understand

Speak Schmeak

The more you practice, the better you're able to ground yourself , manage anxiety, read the audience, move and gesture comfortably, handle tough questions , deal with unexpected circumstances, and control your timing and pacing -- all without thinking. "I hear and I forget.

2008 130

I do and I understand, part 2

Speak Schmeak

But the more you practice speaking in front of an audience, the more automatic all of these tasks will become and many will become unconscious. Keep practicing and you'll get there. Throwing the discus is hard. At least throwing it well is hard.

2008 130

Good communicators make good speakers

Speak Schmeak

Practice making a point without going off on tangents. But these skills can be learned and practiced. If you want to be a better speaker, start working on your one-on-one communication skills.

2008 130

The nearest exit may be behind you

Speak Schmeak

I hope she finds some time to practice and memorize her lines soon. This post by Darren Fleming about using humor to lighten up a serious message reminded me of the second leg of my flight home on Monday.

2008 130

Five favorite networking tips

Speak Schmeak

If there's a question you dread, practice your answer. Prepare your answer in advance and practice how you will respond in a way that makes you feel comfortable.

2008 130

Run out of time? Never again!

Speak Schmeak

Even when you've practiced, you sometimes find yourself rushing the last five or ten minutes of your presentation, wondering where the time went. A common presenter mistake is to run out of time.

2008 130

Add fun to your presentation with props

Speak Schmeak

It's also important to practice with your props before you give the presentation, to make sure everything works into your timing properly and to make sure the demonstration flows smoothly. Yesterday I saw a great demonstration of how to use props in a presentation.

2008 130

Get plenty of sleep before your presentation

Speak Schmeak

When I'm at the final stage of preparation, practicing my presentation, I like to take a day off in between practices to let the content and chronology settle into my brain and embed itself into my memory.

2008 130

PowerPoint in ten minutes or less

Speak Schmeak

Some of my presentations are ten minutes long, and in that time span, I cover one idea, including a little audience interaction and some practical take-home tricks. Seth Godin recently posted his Nine steps to Powerpoint magic. Some of his "steps, not rules" are cheeky, like this one: "4.

2008 130

Do you disregard conventional wisdom?

Speak Schmeak

It also says that you should be done preparing and practicing well in advance so that you can relax and let your content flow. On an episode of " My Life on the D List " where Kathy Griffin will be performing at Madison Square Garden, Molly Shannon asks Kathy if she gets nervous.

2008 130

How's your packaging?

Speak Schmeak

I agree that a speaker should dress appropriately and have a well-prepared and practiced presentation.

Winging it - not okay

Speak Schmeak

I hear people say about their presentations, "I just wing it," or "I never practice." I don't need to practice it." Which means organizing, preparing, and practicing. Maybe they throw the presentation together the day before and go over it once, briefly.

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PowerPoint Tip: Video Best Practices

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This past week I posted a new article on the web site about best practices when using video clips in sales presentations. In the article, posted on the site at [link] , I talk about four best practices that you should follow when adding video to your PowerPoint presentation. It doesn't matter whether you are selling an idea to your boss or selling a multi-million dollar package of products and services to a client, video can be a great addition to your presentation.

2008 40

You can go back to school, too!

Speak Schmeak

Whatever tools you decide to use, keep in mind that you won't improve without practice. If you have school-age kids, you are already doing the back-to-school scramble.

2008 130

Do your sentences float away?

Speak Schmeak

Uptalk is common practice in conversation, to let others know that we're still talking, not quite finished with an idea. Here's a good reason to record yourself when giving a presentation. Listen to the intonation you give to the ends of your sentences.

2008 130

Succeeding despite your constraints

Speak Schmeak

You need to work with what you DO have, and use your constraints to drive creative, practical, do-it-now solutions."

2008 130

Don't rush it

Speak Schmeak

You don't have to talk to your audience as though they are five-year-olds, but do consider your pace while practicing and make time to breathe and think! I'm a fast-talker.

2008 130

A philosophical approach to failure

Speak Schmeak

They've practiced as much as they can. How's your attitude? It's not just in the content, delivery, props and equipment that a speaker delivers a complete package.

2008 130

The secrets of storytelling

Speak Schmeak

The safe, imaginary world of a story may be a kind of training ground, where we can practice interacting with others and learn the customs and rules of society. Check out this article " The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn ," from Scientific American.

2008 130

Using a lectern: do or don't?

Speak Schmeak

This is an example of why preparation and practice are so important. Following up on my post about where to put your notes , here's my quick tip about using a lectern: Don't. Okay, that's a little harsh. And I'm the first to admit that I hate absolute rules about public speaking.

Preparation rituals, part 2

Speak Schmeak

If you prefer distracting rituals before your event, visualization and affirmations can still be practiced, but you will want to practice them in the days leading up to the event, not on the day.

2008 130

Lessons from the Olympic Trials, part 1

Speak Schmeak

If Michael Phelps is still practicing before his events, why aren't you?

2008 130

It's not fair

Speak Schmeak

Find ways to practice and gain experience. How many times have you thought that to yourself or even said it out loud? It's too hard." I've done everything right, but I'll never be good enough." It's not fair." It's true.

2008 130

ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Practice, Practice, Practice your speech beforehand. C)2008 www.schrift.comHere are some tips to reduce speech anxiety that I have gleaned from working with professional speakers over the last 24 years. Visualize your success at the lectern. When you visualize your success, you will be successful.' Arrive early and become familiar with the room in which you will give your presentation. Check the audio/visual equipment as needed.

2008 100

Speech preparation series

Speak Schmeak

Practicing Your Presentation 9. Andrew Dlugan, at the Six Minutes blog, has been writing a detailed series on speech preparation using examples from one of his competition speeches. Here's what the series is covering: 1. How to Prepare Your Presentation 2. Select Your Speech Topic 3.

2008 130

Who's in the audience and why should I care?

Speak Schmeak

Always remember to provide relevant, practical tools that your audience can use. I imagine that those of you who read a lot of speaking blogs, books and newsletters tune out when you see this phrase, "know your audience." We talk about it all the time, but what does it really mean?

2008 130

Does your appearance enhance your performance?

Speak Schmeak

After all, what kind of a role model am I to my audiences if I don't practice what I preach? "If you come out in jeans and a t-shirt, you better be good.

2008 130

Preparation rituals, part 1

Speak Schmeak

When we think of preparation for a presentation, we think of the usual stuff: have an objective, organize your thoughts, practice it, time it, check out the venue, check your equipment, anticipate Q&A, etc. In fact, I'm done practicing two days before the event.

2008 130

Preaching to the choir

Speak Schmeak

Make use of your choir to reach more challenging individuals, and preaching to the choir will become a more practical and rewarding pursuit. It's always exciting to talk to people who are already on our side, understand our topic and are motivated to learn more.

2008 130

Don't waste time talking about time

Speak Schmeak

If you're a professional organizer, you look like you don't practice what you preach.

2008 130