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To Learn or Not to Learn

Lesson 28 from: Create and Design Memorable Presentations 

Andrea Pacini

To Learn or Not to Learn

Lesson 28 from: Create and Design Memorable Presentations 

Andrea Pacini

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28. To Learn or Not to Learn

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To Learn or Not to Learn

in this lesson, we're going to talk about the role of rehearsal. The key question I get asked all the time is do I need to rehearse my presentations now, here's the thing, if you have a very clear and memorable talk, which is maybe even illustrated with highly effective visuals, which is what you've learned in this course, then you may be tempted to say they are now ready to get up in front of the audience and present your ideas. Maybe you are maybe not to use a motor racing analogy, it's not because you have the fastest car that you're going to win the race, the performance of the driver is just as important, racing drivers need to prepare properly for race day for them. There's a lot of preparation, physical and mental preparation and with presentations is the same thing, the performance of the presenter is also very important and preparation is key, whether you are an improviser or a learner based on our experience, we see two types of speakers, you have those who don't feel comfort...

able memorizing the script word for word, so they prefer to have more freedom on stage, and we call them the improvisers and then you have those for whom the very idea of getting up in front of an audience without knowing exactly what to say and when it makes them feel very stressed and we call them the learners and there is no right or wrong approach, There is only the approach that works for you and it's a spectrum. So think about it, where are you in this spectrum? Are you more of an improviser or are you more of a learner? And here's the thing, it doesn't matter whether you are an improviser or a learner, I would always encourage you to rehearse a number of times. And especially for improvisers, it doesn't matter if what you say is different, it's time you rehearse. I can promise you it will still be more powerful the fifth time than the first. And to those who say look I don't rehearse because I don't want to appear robotic to answer that. I want to borrow something from chris Anderson chris Anderson is the head of ted ted talks. So he knows a thing or two about public speaking. And in his book Ted talks which by the way, I've also included a list of Top 10 books that you can look at at the end of these calls for you to be able to learn even more. And in this book that talks, he compares rehearsing with going up a hill, going up the mountain. And he says look, if you start going up and then you stop, you will never get to the top of the hill. You need to continue going up so that you can start going down. Rehearsing is very similar, say before the presentation you rehearse a couple of times and then you stop and of course you appear robotic but you want to get to the top of the hill, which means that you need to rehearse a few more times so that not only will you not appear robotic but you will also know exactly what to say when without memorizing, if that doesn't make you feel comfortable but you will know what to say when, so that from a delivery perspective you can also focus on other aspects like body language and gestures and eye contact and movement while at the same time appearing natural and how many times should you rehearse? But it depends what works for me, Maybe it doesn't work for you but based on experience, my own experience and our experience with our clients. I can tell you that definitely for important presentations. I don't think that a couple of times is enough. I know that for some speakers they like to rehearse at least five times. I know that 10 times seems to be a good number for many speakers. I also know speakers who would like to rehearse up to 20 times before important presentations and that's the truth about rehearsing. Now there is one more lesson waiting for you which is just to say congratulations for completing the course and I also want to use the lesson to do a quick record of what you've learned. I'll see you there

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Exercise #1: ABC - Understanding Your Audience
Exercise #2 - Define Your Objective
Exercise #3: ATR - Brainstorm To Find Your Key Messages
Exercise #3: Mind Map - Brainstorm To Find Your Key Messages
Exercise #3: Traffic Light - Brainstorm To Find Your Key Messages
Exercise #4: 70 Words
Exercise #5: Storylines - Develop Your Storyline
Exercise #6: Storyboard - Sketch and Design Your Visuals
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Ratings and Reviews

julie haskett
 

I was just beginning to create a series of presentations when I noticed this course. Serendipity! I thought I knew what I was doing, but learned some great techniques. More importantly I learned what NOT to do. Now I have much more confidence in the process.

michal babula
 

A lot of useful information.

Sara
 

Exceptional course. Very well organized and taught. The course was engaging and practical, with clear actionable approaches, examples, and activities from beginning to end.

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