Your Next BIG Speech
Have you ever heard of osmosis? It’s a scientific term describing the movement of molecules from one thing to another through a membrane. I’m apt to use the term in other less scientific ways. For example, in college my friends and I would always practice “study” osmosis. The night before an exam we would enter the room where the test would be administered and study our notes in our normal seats. We felt we could mentally pass the knowledge from our notes through us to the table, then back to us. The next day, when we were in our seats with the exam plopped in front of us, it was easy to recall what we learned the previous night. After all, we were “sitting right here” when we were studying. What’s cool about this type of “practice” osmosis is that it works for presentations too.
I’m a creature of habit. This plays out with how I eat, what I wear, and how I prepare. As for presentations, I always check out the venue prior to my talk. If at all possible, I will get there the day before to look around and get a feel for it. If not, I will always give myself at least 30 minutes of preparation time before I actually present. If you are able to get access to your venue the day before your presentation, do it. Look at the size of the potential audience. Check out the sound system. Figure out how you will get from your seat to the stage. What is the lighting situation? Where is the podium in reference to the projector screen? If you can, verify that you slides look and function like they are supposed to. Then practice your speech. That’s right. If you can, stand on stage and rehearse your entire presentation aloud. Set a timer to confirm you meet the proper length. Then go after it. At larger conferences I have been known to scout the halls or rooms the night before and run through my entire talk to an empty room. If you can’t get access to a projector, I’d recommend printing your slides and using the printouts for your rehearsal.
Its one thing to stand in front of your hotel room mirror and think through what you will say, it’s a whole new level to physically rehearse at the venue, itself. It is very nice to have that luxury. It feels better that next day to know a bit more of what to expect and feel that all your content has been mentally transferred to the lecture. You just need to use your reverse osmosis to bring it back. I hope this mental trickery doesn’t sound too weird? In reality, it is quite simple. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will become. If you can eliminate any extra issues like unfamiliarity with the venue…bonus you.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…