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If your want to improve your business presentations – do something you probably used to do – but stopped doing.
It’s so simple – yet so many business people either forget to do it or find excuses not to do it.
The simple thing: practice.
More that 90 percent of business presentations are delivered without being practiced or rehearsed.
Sure, presenters spend time preparing a presentation deck or reading or looking through their presentation – but they don’t physically practice it – that’s actually physically saying their presentation out loud AND moving around as if they are actually presenting – hopefully in the actual space they will be “performing in (or one similar to it)
This post was inspired by watching my son practice with his percussion ensemble for a performance at his school – and from chatting with his cool music teachers. (My son is the dark-haired boy – Doesn’t he look “in the zone”?)
The ensemble was to perform at a school assembly. They practised on the stage (before the assembly) – so they got used to the feel of the stage and the space PLUS as a quick “refresher” before the performance.
I had a chat to his music and instrumental teachers. He is lucky to have such dedicated teachers.
They try to teach the students the importance of practice AND rehearsal in the actual space they’ll be performing in, and developing a professional attitude.
It’s not just practice makes perfect – said one teacher.
It’s perfect practice that makes perfect!
From my experience playing in bands – you HAVE to practise – especially to “nail the beginning and the ends of songs”.
You need a strong start and a tight ending – and yet so many business presentations start poorly and end sloppily (often fizzling out).
I watched as my son’s ensemble practised again and again. They started strongly and ended well too!
I spoke to the other teacher about how when people start work they often get “too busy” to practise their business presentations. Rehearsal seems a luxury few can afford.
Her response: We train the students to be professional from an early age. If music is your “job” – you have to practise. AND If presenting is part of your job – you have to practise that too. No excuses!
What do you think? Should presenters practise more – before they inflict unrehearsed presentations on their audience? Or do things change one people get out into the “real world”.
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The good presenters DO practice. If presenting is part of your job – you should run through your presentation – saying it out loud – and hopefully in the space (or a similar space) to where you will be presenting.
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