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Evaluate Your Conference Presentation Effectiveness – Part 3 – Preparation

 

I am delivering a speech at a conference this Saturday.

 

I should be practicing the speech.

 

Right now.

 

Updating this blog post makes about the 734th thing that I’ve done in dragging my feet.

 

(now here come the excuses…)

 

It’s a speech I’ve done on two or three occasions before.

 

I have done a little rehearsing already this week.

 

(and now for the brutal truth…)

 

I really need to run through about three more times.  Start to finish.

 

And record myself.

 

I hate it when I know I have to practice what I preach…

 

 

How would you rate yourself on your conference presentation preparation?

 

 

1.  How do you prepare for the presentation:

 

I don’t prepare ahead of time.  I know my material extremely well so I just wing it each presentation.

I write out and memorize my entire presentation and deliver the information I’ve memorized.

I don’t need to prepare for my presentation because I read my presentation either from notes or from my slide deck.

I begin preparing a few days before the event.  I write out or make an outline of what I plan to cover.  I usually rehearse what I plan to say in my head.  I am frequently making changes to my slides less than 24 hours before my presentation.

I prepare for several days or a few weeks before the event writing out what I plan to say or creating detailed outlines.  I don’t memorize my presentation word for word, but do think through what I’m going to say and how I’m going to say it.  I rehearse my program standing up, speaking out loud, clicking through slides and delivering the presentation as I plan to deliver it on the day of the presentation.

I prepare for several days or a few weeks before the event.  I rehearse my program several times both alone and at least once in front of a practice audience to obtain feedback.  I don’t memorize my presentation word for word, but do think through what I’m going to say and how I’m going to say it.  I rehearse standing up, speaking out loud, clicking through slides and delivering the presentation as I plan to deliver it on the day of the presentation.

 

2.  Which best describes your habit of recording your presentations:

I don’t record my rehearsals or my actual presentations.

I don’t record my presentations, but I spoke at an event where the organization that sponsored the conference made an audio and/or video recording.  I have not listened to the recording.

I don’t record my presentations, but I spoke at an event where the organization that sponsored the conference made an audio and/or video recording.  I have listened to the recording and made improvements to my presentation based on what I’ve seen.

I frequently record and watch my practice sessions but not my actual presentation.  I work to improve my presentations based on what I see.

I frequently record and watch my practice sessions and my actual presentations so that I can continue to improve as a presenter.

 

How do you rate?

We owe it to our conference audiences to prepare!  Does the level of your preparation reflect in how engaged your audience is?  In your feedback from participants?

 

What’s Missing?

What else should we do in rehearsing for a conference presentation?  Post your thoughts in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

1 comments
kellyvandever
kellyvandever

I practiced this morning and felt so much better about the presentation. I was able to make a few tweaks to make it flow better as well. That's the beauty of a good practice session. Should still be able to get in two more practices before Saturday! How about you? How many times will you practice before your next presentation?