In the last few months, we’ve had a few clients who have had this same general story:
They report after an important town hall, annual meeting, board presentation, oral pitch….
“The event went…well…okay. It would have been better if everyone had a chance to practice. And we didn’t have time to rehearse the day before. Things were both rushed and unfinished for our presentations.”
My general response always is: if you don’t have time to rehearse or practice for your presentation, you are too busy to speak. Period.
- Broadway actors.
- Church choirs.
- Middle school band directors.
- TEDx speakers.
If it is important enough to do, then it is important enough to practice.
Here are the three reasons why you need to rehearse for your presentation:
- You aren’t in “show mode” until you are done with your content. Mick Jagger never wrote a song on stage in front of an audience, did he?
- You will always have technical things go wrong the day of your presentation, reduce the risk and clear most of them in a rehearsal. (virtual or live)
- Your audience deserves better. Show up for them as you want them to show up for you.
Be prepared and shine on.
Do you or someone you know need to prepare for a presentation? Our team is here to help. Contact us to set up a phone consultation.