How To Rehearse Your Speech For A Great Presentation
Compiled By Taidin Suhaimin
In 600 B.C., Periander of Corinth said, “Practice is everything.”
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines rehearsal as a private performance or practice session in preparation for a public appearance.
More than 2,500 years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson put it in a slightly different way: “Practice is nine-tenths.”
Is practice really all that important? Yes!
One of the key benefits of
rehearsing a speech is the building of self-confidence. While the main
goal of rehearsing is to find errors and make adjustments,
the goal of building confidence in yourself and in your material is
very important. The more comfortable you are with your material,
the better your presentation will be.
Here is how you should rehearse / practice your speech or
1. Rehearse Your Speech Repeatedly
every of your speech over and over again. Start early, so, you have the
opportunity to do it many times, at least every day for the week before
2. Use The Same Words & Gestures You Will Use At The Speech
Do it exactly as you will when speaking. Rehearse in front of a mirror with yourself carefully.
3. Videotape Your Presentation & Review It
It will be much better if you can videotape
your presentation or present it in front of a small group of people.
you videotape it, answer the following questions when you review the
4. Ask For & Accept Criticism Graciously
- Did you appear in control?
- How was your posture?
- Did your gesturing seem natural?
- Did your visuals complement your presentation?
- How was your eye contact? Did you look out at your audience (the camera)?
- Did you smile and appear relaxed?
- How was your speech? Did you talk too fast or too slow? Was your volume too soft or too loud?
- Did you discover any negative speech mannerisms such as repeatedly saying “okay” or “um”?
- Did you use pauses effectively?
you give your presentation to a group of friends or peers, ask them to
critique your performance. Accept criticism graciously and encourage
them to be open and honest with you.
5. Go Through The Entire Speech Each Time You Rehearse
Duplicate the speaking situation as closely as possible. Continue to
rehearse your presentation until you have corrected all of your
shortcomings and feel confident.
6. Visualize Yourself Successfully Making Your Presentation
After going through and rehearse your entire speech repeatedly, then,
visualize yourself successfully making your presentation. Continue to
use this visualization technique daily to help build your confidence.
Elements Involved in Presentation Rehearsal 1. Timing
you fill your allotted time slot with important material? Do you need
to add or cut? How fast or slow should you go to hit the high spots of
your presentation at just the right times?
2. Intonation and Emphasis
almost impossible to do a “cold” reading of material with all the right
emphasis and intonation – even when you’ve written it! That’s why the
best presenters rehearse what they’re going to say.
3. Confidence Level
presentation nearly always comes off better when you feel confident
about your ability to deliver it. Rehearsals are important because,
quite simply, they help boost that confidence level.
4. Test Audience Reactions
from technical and personal consideration, rehearsals provide an
unbeatable opportunity to test your presentation on an audience and see
how they react. Whether the “mock” audience is your family, friends,
colleagues, or strangers, they provide a benchmark that helps you gauge
the impact your presentation is likely to have when the chips are down
and your reputation is on the line.
Key to A Winning Presentation: Win it before the presentation.
advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills,
so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the
style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other
people.” – Jim Rohn