PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

I’m always hearing individuals say that they speak best when they don’t prepare or practice.

My experience tells me this isn’t true most of the time, but there are some people who really can deliver notably good talks with no apparent preparation.

The key word here is “apparent.”  They, in fact, do prepare and practice, but not for a specific speaking occasion.

These people prepare and practice by constantly talking about their ideas.  They talk about them in group meetings, telephone conversations, hallway conversations—anywhere they can get a hearing.  So, when they are asked to speak formally, they have, in fact, put in quite a bit of rehearsal time.  They just don’t realize it.

This informal, practice-anytime-anywhere approach is available to anyone.

It could just be that your key to more spontaneous eloquence is having more conversations about your ideas when you’re not scheduled to formally present them.

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