When preparing a presentation everyone wants it to be effective. This is certainly not possible if the person relies too much on a script, notes, or reads directly from the slides.
During a presentation, it is important to communicate to with the audience. To achieve this during a presentation, it is important to rehearse beforehand. When rehearsing a presentation there are proper steps that one must take. Everybody keeps saying that practicing is compulsory for an outstanding presentation, but they hardly ever tell how.
These are some of the best techniques that should be used:
Deliver Out Loud:
To rehearse does not mean to keep repeating in your heart while driving towards giving the presentation or mentally rehearsing it while tossing and turning the night before. That does count for something, but the human mind works in a different way. The thoughts you have are not exactly eloquent words. There are innumerable thoughts in our minds throughout the day, so the best solution to avoid an awkward situation is to rehearse out loud.
Rehearse in a Similar Situation:
This could be difficult in some settings, but it helps with the nervousness. If one is well prepared to face their audience they will likely appear more confident. This practice also makes it feel like they have already given the presentation; it gives experience. Practicing this way is a good way to see if the presentation contains any mistakes or is missing important information. Rehearsing will definitely not dissipate the anxiety completely, but it will both prepare the person for the presentation and give them to tools they need to tackle it.
Use a Mirror:
Doing this could appear a bit stupid, but this is an excellent practice to do. It gives one insight of what the audience’s reactions might be. Practicing in front of a mirror shows how the presenter conducts themselves and allows them to asses their body language. Body language plays a huge role in how well the presentation is conducted. Most importantly, this technique allows you to both hear and see your delivery style, giving you the chance to rectify any mistakes before presenting.
Record the Speech:
While delivering a speech one tends to ignore a lot of things. In order to get a complete assessment of the speech, record it. In this era of technology doing so is not difficult. When listening to a recorded speech one can easily listen for any mistakes or missing content. One can also assess their delivery style and make amendments, if necessary.
Practice the Whole Speech:
Rehearse the whole speech from beginning to end. When using any of the above mentioned practices, one tends to stop as soon as they encounter a negative aspect of they speech. Doing so renders the rehearsal and breaks the flow. This can become a problem when actually presenting; the presenter may stop at the same points while giving the presentation as they did while practicing. It is also possible that one never practiced the entire presentation if they stop for each mistake. This could cause the presenter to become a little lost when giving the actual presentation. By practicing the entire presentation without stopping these situations can be avoided.
One must always be prepared in all aspects of life. Similarly, they should also be well prepared for any presentation. The best solution is to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.