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How much preparation is enough?

How do you know if you’ve prepared enough for your next speaking gig? Is there such a thing as too much preparation?

If you want your speech to be a success, you need to prepare. This means determining your content and then practicing your presentation of that content. But how do you know if you’ve prepared enough?

The answer to that question depends on the presentation, and your knowledge of the subject. Some speeches need more preparation than others. But a basic rule of thumb would be to ask yourself “Do you feel confident enough in your ability to deliver the content that you can do it even if your pre-determined crutches all failed you?”

That means, if you were planning on using PowerPoint slides to help you along, would you still be able to give a meaningful presentation without them?
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Researching for Your Speech Is a Must!

research your speechO.K. This may go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. Before you speak to an audience, you need to research your topic — even if you know it like the back of your hand.

Why is researching important?

Quick! Cover the back of your hand.

Now describe it in detail without looking. No peeking!

So, how did you do?

Not very well I’d venture to guess.

This illustrates my point. You need to research your topic, even if you know it well, so that the details are fresh in your mind. Public speaking does not only rely on your power of discussion or your skill in speaking clearly. You have to face the crowd with the feeling of certainty and confidence in our ability to deliver.
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