Make your talk better with practice and memorization

The Eloquent Woman

At most conferences, you get a mix of people reading from PowerPoint decks, using teleprompters, or simply ad-libbing around loose outlines. Madrigal does a useful description of his process for memorizing, and notes something that good coaches know: Practice and memorization will make your talk better over time. From the article: All the live practice began to reshape the talk itself. This, too, comes easier with practice.

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Ronald Reagan's master class on how to cope when the teleprompter lets you down

Max Atkinson

But it only took three seconds for the 'great communicator' to see the problem and come up with a solution: an unscripted ad lib - "In the." Five more seconds and he completes it with "they were out there in the open and free air" - continuing to look at his audience until looking down and continuing from the lectern as if nothing had happened.

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I had a tie on the bag that didn’t open easily. The man struggled with it and finally opened it after about 30 seconds of me tap dancing., I ad- libbed, “I guess I won’t toss a bag to a lady if a guy as big as you can’t open that.&#

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Trust Me. Give Your Speech, Change the World.

Duarte Blog

I mentally walk through this process now before I walk on any stage: Most of the non-verbal mistakes that speakers make stem from not being open to others. So the goal is to be open without thinking too hard about body language at all.

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Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

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Then you need a Google profile An open letter to journalists: You have an amazing career opportunity on the Dark Side The New Rules of Viral Marketing - free ebook! Open with a story. Prepare and practice. I was curious though, as an experienced speaker, when you were first starting out how many times would you practice your presentation before your speaking engagement? Practice in front of a webcam?

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Rands In Repose: Keynote Kung-fu Two

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That seven-slide deck that turned into an hour of ad-libbed brilliance. How To Not Throw Up and Out Loud walk you through the basics of constructing and practicing your presentation, but there’s more to say about Keynote because, as with any well-designed tool, the more you use it, the better you get and the more layers of awesomeness you will find. In your practicing, you’re going to know the regular flow of your deck, but what about when you screw up?