Rehearsing well - Presenting even Better

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You’ve prepared at your desk and thought through all the concepts. You’ve devised the stage-direction plan as a key step between theory and practice. It’s time put all this good planning to the test. This will particularly familiarize us with the dynamics of the performance: How do I speak the text? How do I hear myself? Do I have enough inner peace to make eye contact? 

Rehearsing generates fundamental confidence for the ultimate performance. It helps you internalize the text and process, tune your “instrument” (physical and voice training), and actually test out the role of speaker. Many weaknesses and inconsistencies only become evident in practice, and rehearsals enable you to pick up on these before the actual Performance. 

Rehearsing reading 

  • Read the entire presentation out loud 
  • Change sections of text that sound unclear 
  • Be mindful of emphasis, and be sure to include pauses 

Rehearsing the performance 

  • Speak freely or with dot-point palm cards where possible 
  • Prepare the stage-direction plan practically: Try out, hone and adopt speaker postures, review motives, and find a suitable form of expression 

Final rehearsals 

  • Run through the entire presentation 
  • Work out and test out any use of technical equipment 

General rehearsal 

  • Make your last run-through a serious one 
  • Practice as if the audience is there 
  • Time the presentation to give you an idea of its duration 

The production and rehearsal phase should be complete by the night before the presentation, at the latest. The final hours before the presentation belong to the speaker and their performance. Concentrate fully on this particular moment: 

  • What refreshes and relaxes my body? 
  • What calms and clarifies my mind? 
  • What puts me in a positive mood? 


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