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2.7: Plan Out The Details

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    All too often, novice speakers find themselves derailed by seemingly insignificant mistakes they failed to think of beforehand:

    • Technology details
      • EXAMPLES: extension cord availability, software versions, video files, DVD vs. Blu-Ray capability, etc.
    • Timing
      • EXAMPLES: when to advance a presentation slide, arriving early to load a presentation
    • Feeling of one’s outfit during the speech
      • EXAMPLES: an itchy shirt tag or painful heels
    • How the room looks from the speaker’s vantage point.
      • VISUAL EXAMPLE:
    Photo of empty lecture hall from the viewpoint of the podium.
    Keep the speaking environment in mind when preparing a speech.

    When anxiety levels run high, even the smallest overlooked detail can easily fluster a novice speaker, detracting attention from the message and/or the audience and instead, causing the speaker to focus on themselves. The best speakers can spend hours considering all of the details, imagining vividly how every moment of a successful presentation will go. Such speakers incorporate all of these details into their practice sessions, which helps them eliminate all traces of uncertainty and the anxiety it often breeds.


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