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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Duarte Blog

I agree with that but get pushback from analytical types who say people don’t need heart, they need information. You say that “leaders who rely on ad-libbing and improvisation risk looking unprepared and stilted”. And that leaders need to practice to look spontaneous.

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

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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? I guess, you're talking more inspirational, keynote-type speeches. Sometimes a bulleted list in a PPT presentation can help people enormously (like the very 10-point list you have above), but again: it depends on the kind/type of speech/presentation.

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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. This puts the different types of base slides available in the black template at the top of the slide navigator.