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  • - The way you practice a presentation

  • directly influences the outcome.

  • So in this video, we're going to talk about

  • how to practice a speech.

  • Let's get into those details.

  • (soft music)

  • Hello there, friends.

  • Alex Lyon and we are at the end of a three-part series

  • on public speaking this month.

  • The first video is on the importance of public speaking.

  • The one before this is on how to improve

  • and this one is specifically on how to practice a speech.

  • So let's get into the five ways

  • that I recommend you practicing a speech

  • and at the end of this video you may wanna stick around

  • because I have a couple of resources to suggest

  • to help you move your public speaking to the next level.

  • So the first way to practice a speech

  • is to practice from an outline.

  • Not word for word notes.

  • I've given some version of this tip

  • in a lot of different videos but let's say it clearly.

  • You must practice from an outline, a bare bones outline

  • if you want to sound conversational,

  • which is really what your listeners want from you.

  • They don't want you to read your speech,

  • they don't want you to sound like you've memorized it.

  • They want a conversation.

  • And the way to get there is this.

  • You take whatever notes you have to prepare at first,

  • your first few drafts,

  • and then you just keep cutting them down over and over again

  • every time you practice

  • until all you're left with is a bulleted outline

  • of your key points that you are going to hit.

  • That's all you really want in the end.

  • And that way you have a safety net to fall back on

  • so you won't ever lose your place.

  • You can just glance down at your notes

  • and then bounce your eyes right back up

  • and present from an outline.

  • That's the best way.

  • Practice from an outline

  • and in the end present like an outline.

  • One of the things I will do in fact is,

  • so I don't sound like I've memorized it,

  • I don't sound like a robot,

  • is every time I practice,

  • I might say it a little differently on purpose

  • so that I'm not tempted to memorize.

  • So don't try to put it word for word, don't try to memorize.

  • Talking points only and practice from that kind of outline.

  • The number two tip on how to practice

  • is to spread out your practice sessions over time.

  • Don't cram the night before.

  • Don't cram the morning before your presentation.

  • I recommend spreading your practice sessions out

  • over three days.

  • The idea is to practice about three times each day

  • over those three days.

  • I like to practice about 10 times

  • before I stand up and speak

  • and it's really easier to do if you spread it out.

  • A lot of great things happen

  • when you spread out your practice sessions.

  • The first thing that happens to me is it calms me down.

  • It says to me, hey there's time.

  • So if my earliest few practice sessions, practice times,

  • don't go so well, I say hey, there's time.

  • No problem, I got a few more days.

  • I'll work out these kinks.

  • Another great thing that happens is,

  • let's say I've practiced it three times

  • and then I sleep on it.

  • Oftentimes, in the middle of the day

  • I'm doing other things, I'm washing dishes,

  • my brain keeps working on it

  • and keeps figuring out better ways to say something

  • or a quicker way to get to the point.

  • So in that downtime I believe that our brains

  • are still working on it

  • and we benefit from that downtime as well.

  • The other great thing about breaking up

  • your practice sessions is it helps me

  • with my composure in the moment.

  • Because it feels to me, like muscle memory with an athlete,

  • that I've done this before.

  • I've been doing this presentation for days.

  • So it really helps me stay composed and in the moment.

  • So spread out those practice sessions three times a day

  • over three days.

  • That usually is about what you need.

  • The number three tip is to focus

  • on only one or two improvements

  • each time you practice it through.

  • So you might just work on your structure and your outline

  • in the first few times through, that's normal.

  • The next few times through just pick one or two things,

  • like oh now I'm just gonna work on looking up

  • form my outline, eye contact for example.

  • The next time through you might just work on gestures

  • and your posture a little bit.

  • Every time you practice,

  • add one or two things you wanna improve on

  • because when you add too many things all at once,

  • when you try to get it perfect every time you practice,

  • you're going to get paralyzed

  • because you can't really improve more than one thing,

  • or maybe two things, in any given practice session

  • so focus on improvements

  • and then start checking those off the list.

  • And then your fundamentals will all be in place

  • by the time you actually stand up to present.

  • Number four tip is to keep practice sessions realistic.

  • Do not, for example, the whole time you're practicing

  • isolate yourself completely and make conditions perfect.

  • Because what ends up happening in the moment

  • of your actual presentation is it won't go perfectly.

  • People will walk in late

  • or they'll get up to use the bathroom

  • or there'll be somebody

  • with a lawn mower outside your window.

  • In fact, I've been recording this morning

  • and there is a neighbor working with a chainsaw nearby

  • that keeps distracting me but you just power through it.

  • So after a few times practicing alone

  • what I end up doing, when I practice,

  • is I add distractions on purpose.

  • Like I will put the television or some music on

  • and then I'll talk over that

  • because it creates a little bit of noise

  • and distraction for me to cope with

  • and I know that if I can practice through those distractions

  • that during the actual moment I'll be ready to push through.

  • Even if something weird or odd happens,

  • it won't throw me off as much.

  • So keep practice sessions realistic.

  • And the number five tip is to visualize the first 30 seconds

  • and the last 30 seconds of your presentation.

  • So by visualization I mean the way a sports athlete does it.

  • So you picture yourself walking up

  • through that first 30 seconds of the moment,

  • starting off your presentation

  • and then the last 30 seconds how you're gonna close.

  • So athletes do this with great success.

  • There is a study by Laure Ecard published in the 1980s

  • and a lot of other studies like it

  • on basketball free throw shooting

  • and they found people that only visualized

  • actually did improve a little bit.

  • People who practiced free throws, basketball free throws

  • improved a little more.

  • But athletes who did both,

  • they visualized and they practiced,

  • did the most improvement out of any of the groups.

  • So by visualizing the first 30 seconds and last 30 seconds

  • you're going to be boosting

  • your overall performance up quite a bit

  • even if you don't get to practice it a few extra sessions.

  • So those are the five tips I recommend

  • in terms of how to practice for a speech.

  • These are the ones I use personally

  • and I have coached a lot of people over the years

  • to use them and they really do work

  • so put them into practice as soon as possible.

  • So I mentioned a couple of resources at the beginning

  • I wanted to tell you about that are for you.

  • The first one is a free PDF download.

  • It's instant tips to make you a more confident

  • and composed public speaker.

  • You put your email address in

  • and I email you those instant tips.

  • It's a PDF download.

  • The second resource is a full course that I have created

  • called Present Like a Pro.

  • It's a whole course and it's designed to help you become

  • a top 10% speaker in your professional setting

  • so if you really want to get into it,

  • I invite you to check that out.

  • The links to all these resources

  • are in the description below the video.

  • So question of the day, how do you recommend practicing

  • your presentations that help you the most?

  • I would love to hear your thoughts on what helps you

  • in that section below the video.

  • I look forward to reading those comments.

  • So thanks, god bless and I will see you soon.

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