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.
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: