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					Practice Makes Perfect!

Professional speakers rehearse their material. Killer presentations
don't just fall out of the sky! They're worked on and fine tuned and
honed to perfection right up until the time that they are delivered into
the hands of audience members. As a result, presentations like these are
effective at reaching many people!

Rehearsing your presentation is your key to delivering a successful
presentation. Even if you've been doing the same presentation for years,
you'll want to practice the different aspects of your delivery in the
fine tuning process of rehearsing. Here's what you can do to have
successful practice that will make your delivery a success every time.

The first step is to write out your speech word for word.    Write it as
you would say it or would intend to say it. Include every    piece of
information including what you would say about your visual   or audio aids.
Every word you put on paper will impact what your audience   picks up in
your presentation.

Read your written speech out loud. Tape record yourself to get some idea
of what your presentation sounds like. Note the length of your
presentation and also if the points you want to emphasize are actually
the ones being emphasized. Refine and retune your message until you are
confident the message you are sending is the one you want to send. Also,
practice speaking your presentation the way you would want to say it -
with passion and enthusiasm. Yes, enthusiasm does have to be practiced.

Condense your written speech into outline form. Once you've created your
written speech and you've taken the time to revise it, the next step is
to turn your written speech into a condensed outline with notes. You
don't want to read your speech to your audience. You want to speak
spontaneously and make your presentation flow. The key is to have notes
that are easy to read. Remember to also make notes about the flow of
your enthusiasm levels during the presentation.

Once you've created your notes, tape your spontaneous speech. In this
recording, review the timing of your presentation. Listen for the number
of times you've said filler words like "umm", "er" and "ah". Work on
eliminating these words and re-record yourself until you speak smoothly
and confidently. Also work on presenting your speech with the emphasis
and passion that you intend to deliver it. Working the emotions of your
audience will help them feel more connected with you and your material.

Practice your presentation in front of a practice audience. The primary
goal of this section is to get constructive feedback. You will want to
find out if you made your points clearly and accurately. You will also
want to know if you were speaking too fast or too slow. You'll also want
to know if there were too many of those distracting words in your
presentation. A secondary goal is to gain more confidence and feel more
comfortable in making your presentation.
Rehearsal is the key to your success as a professional speaker!
Practicing more than just your topical information, you'll need to
practice the method of delivery you choose. Here's to your success!