After my last post, sharing one of my ambitions to give a good presentation, I thought it would be very useful to share my insights and learnings on how to give a fail proof presentation.
Working on this ambition ever since high school, failing big time with a huge black out, and coming back slowly I definitely know the must do’s for giving a decent presentation.
In the last two posts I discussed preparing as my all time number 1 must do for giving a fail proof presentation and making your own story as the second. Today I’m discussing the third one which is rehearsing.
Rehearsing is actually always part of a good preparation. Artists don’t do it for nothing, as there’s simply no room for failing when you’re on the stage. If you want to get really good at presenting, or simply give a fail proof presentation, rehearsing is an essential part of the process. I’m actually really amazed how often this part of the process is forgotten, while it makes a huge difference.
Rehearsing can be as light as telling the whole story in your head a couple of times on your way to the presentation (if it’s a less important presentation) up to very hardcore rehearsing by telling the whole story out loud a couple of times.
The hard core rehearsing is a brilliant way to make yourself very comfortable with giving the presentation. Even if it’s just out loud in a room where you’re alone, it helps to straighten your thoughts completely. It’s even better to rehearse it in front of a friend or family member who can give you feedback. If you’re serious about giving good presentations this is a must do in order to get better.
My biggest stumble, when giving a presentation, is the intro. It’s supposed to be so easy, but let me tell you that simply saying hi and messing up there can make you feel very bad for the rest of the presentation. Therefore I always rehearse some kind of intro, either in my head or out loud (when it’s really important). It gives me a comfortable feeling at the start as that’s the moment I’m most nervous.
And just like writing down the whole story, rehearsing the whole presentation a couple of times out loud is my golden tip if you have stage fright! I did this a couple of times, even when nobody was around to hear me, and it made a huge difference when I did the presentation for real. It really amazes me every time how a presentation can sound so logical in my head, to only find out there’s still a lot of fine tuning to do when I say it out loud.
It always feels very strange at the start, after all talking into nothing isn’t something I usually do, but doing it a couple of times makes me feel insanely comfortable when having to give the presentation in front of other people.
If you have never tried rehearsing I definitely recommend you to try it as it will improve your presentation for sure. I never believed it before I tried it myself, but in my experience it is very valuable and worthwhile when failing is simply no option.
Hope this was useful again and stay tuned for the next post in this series!
Have a good one!