Lesson 13º









Whenever you are going to speak in public you need to prepare in advance, you can not leave anything to chance.

The difference can be between a discrete speech and a great speech.

The fundamental rule is rehearse, rehearse and rehearse.

Rehearsing allows you to seriously dominate the speech that you are going to carry out, which helps increase your self-confidence and reduce the typical stress usually felt days before the event.

Rehearsing doesn't simply mean going over the text hours before the event.

Rehearsing implies:

Reading the speech out loud, as many times as you have to, until you are familiar with the speech.

Practising the speech, re-creating as much as you can, the possible conditions that you will find at the event (from memory, with support notes, with a projector, with a microphone, etc...)

Practising your voice, the silences, the looks, the movements, your hands, your facial expressions, etc.

Being able to show serenity, transmit enthusiasm, know how to emphasize things, show conviction, etc.

In short, rehearse not only so that you can dominate the text (prevent your mind from going blank) but also with the intention of getting the maximum from your speech, being able to connect with the audience, being able to motivate them, get them enthused, etc.

You need to practice even if you have to improvise the speech.

Only if you are able to dominate the speech will you be able to carry out a good improvisation.

It is a good idea to record yourself so that you can analyze yourself and criticize your own speech:

Doing this you will be able to detect mistakes and you will be able to correct them.

It is also interesting to rehearse in front of people:

Convince a family member or friend to listen to you rehearse and ask them to criticize you, pointing out things that have gone well and things that need improving.

You should do the last rehearsal (the general rehearsal) at the place where you are going to carry out the speech, and if possible with all of the technical equipment e.g. light and sound.

The objective is to get you to familiarize yourself with what is around you and coordinate all the aspects of the speech.

You should rehearse up until the day before the event.

On the day of the event it is a good idea to relax, as a rehearsal at the last moment will increase your state of nervousness, as you might make mistakes and you won't have time to correct them.