Speaking in front of a class room or any big crowd has always been something I felt I was good at. I never feared being in front of a big audience and I think it’s because of my dance background. For many years I was always performing on stage and it had become something I really enjoyed doing and looked forward too.
Although I find it natural for me to present in front of an audience I still have some things to work on to become a better presenter. I have this one class that specifically focuses on visual presentation and how to execute a message and design a slideshow for the audience that is not distracting and is effective.
While rehearsing for my first presentation I kept practicing over and over and over until the night was no longer young. I then realized I can rehearse as many times as I would like to myself, but this does not make me a better presenter. Rehearsing to myself does not allow me to distinguish my mistakes. It was until I actually researched in google “ways to become a better presenter.” I found myself coming across a quote by Vince Lombardi:
“Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect”
– Vince Lombardi
So what does this mean? A perfect practice to me is a place where I will be criticized and be told what I can improve on. A perfect practice is not rehearsing with myself but rehearsing in front of an audience, big or small. I can practice as many times as I wanted on my own, but an effective practice is one that allows me to become better as improvements are discovered.
Last week I had a perfect practice in the classroom (presentation day).
Below is a photo of myself presenting to my classmates on a Marketing Firm, Marwick Internet Marketing – a digital marketing agency.
What does ‘perfect practice’ mean to you?
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