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. From the article: All the live practice began to reshape the talk itself. Repeat: Your speech recording is your new favorite podcast.

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Why memorizing your high-stakes speech frees you: Sen. Amy Klobuchar

The Eloquent Woman

Klobuchar related the tale on episode 39 of The Axe Files, David Axelrod's new podcast: Klobuchar: That was my first national convention and I’m ready to go out there the day before I give my 3-minute speech for John Kerry. Did you ad-lib?

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Trust Me. Give Your Speech, Change the World.

Duarte Blog

Listen to the podcast where he answers these questions: You defined authenticity as “the frank expression of emotion of some kind, whether positive or negative. You say that “leaders who rely on ad-libbing and improvisation risk looking unprepared and stilted”.

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

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

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? They used to do a practice called table topics where you would learn to speak on the fly about any object, subject or situation that was presented to you.

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