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How To Practice For Your Presentations (Part One)

Speakers occasionally tell me they’re best when speaking “off the cuff.”

That’s almost always a mistake. Practice sessions inevitably reveal soft spots that otherwise couldn’t be spotted in advance—and those speakers end up committing errors that otherwise could have been avoided.

Still, they have a point about striking the right balance between practice—which allows them to get comfortable with their presentation flow—and over-practice, which can make them come across as excessively rehearsed. Here’s how to focus on “quality” practice, not “quantity” practice.