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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How Much Time Should You Prepare For Your Presentation?

In my teachings I do not give preparation times because I believe it is different for every person and for every presentation. Instead, here is the preparation formula I recommend:

1 - Decide on the purpose and goal of your presentation
2 - Write down all the things you need to include in your presentation in order to produce that goal
3 - Write out your entire presentation verbatim (this doesn't mean you have to present it exactly how you wrote it)
4 - Revise your presentation to make it shorter (how can you say it in less words)
5 - Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse - in other words, practice reading your presentation out loud over and over again until you know it so well that all you need to do is refer to your notes to keep you on track

I recommend a minimum of 4 times rehearsing out loud. And a minimum of once per day leading up to the presentation.

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