Practising and learning tips

Before you start practising, you will need to have a couple of things in place.

  1. Prepare your slides with the shortened (bulleted) text, adding the visuals of your choice
  2. Pick from the functional expressions the ones you like for each step (welcome part, introduction etc)
  3. Write out the full text of your presentation (apart, not on the slides)
  4. Learn the presentation by heart, using the finished slides as support

Take your time for this learning part. You already have a solid base, however  you want to make it sound more professional and effective.  For this, you will be memorizing new ways to express your ideas, which will be aided by the slides you prepared.

 

To practise, proceed as follows:

  1. Set aside about 20-25 minutes with no interruptions
  2. Use your new slides, but keep your original presentation at hand in case you need some detail
  3. Read your presentation text for the introductory part once.
  4. Now start reading aloud to check how it sounds. Read with intention and presence, as if you were talking to an audience (not just in sketchy way for yourself).
  5. Be aware of the importance of pronunciation clarity
  6. Do it over a couple of times. For each time you should be looking up more from the text, and reading less (that is saying more from memory). Also, make any corrections you may need to sound clear and focused.

The point in practicing is doing it “as if” your audience were listening. It’s your chance to polish any detail that you need before you start doing the presentation for a real audience.

When you are happy with the way it sounds, you can record yourself with your smartphone or other recording device to hear more “objectively” how you sound doing this part of the presentation.

Next day you can continue working on this part if you have not finished it yet, or you can start a new one, and come back to this one later.

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