Episode 066 — Practice in the Shower and Meet Mario Porreca

  2-Minute Tip: Practice in the Shower   The shower can be a great place to practice your talk. It’s a comfortable, warm environment. You don’t need to pay too much attention to your other activities. You are less likely to be distracted by other folks and tasks. In general, the environment really helps you shift your mindset in a way that allows you to mentally prepare and visualize yourself…

Episode 058 — Schedule Practice and 3 Myths and 1 Mindset for Nervous Speakers

  < 2-Minute Tip: Schedule Your Practice   We mean well. We put “practice” and “rehearse” on our To Do lists. Unfortunately, that often gets bumped by other, more urgent matters. Or meetings get scheduled in our open blocks of time.   That’s why it’s important to schedule practice time on your calendar. Set up a meeting with yourself to rehearse. Reserve a conference room if you don’t have a…

Episode 049 — Restrict Your Practice Time and My Content Process

  2-Minute Tip: Restrict Your Practice Time   Two of the biggest sins of public speakers are going overtime and rambling. Both disrespect the audience, When you go 5 minutes over, you’re not just taking 5 minutes. You’re taking 5 minutes from everyone in the room. If there are 20 people in the room, you’ve actually taken 100 minutes in total.   To address both these issues, restrict your rehearsal…

Episode 040 — Practice in Real Shoes and Be a Great Audience Member

    2-Minute Tip: Practice in Real Shoes   When we have a  big presentation on the calendar, we may be tempted to pick up a new outfit and new shoes to feel all shiny and new, and to imbue us with more confidence. And that’s great. It’s also important, though, to practice in that new outfit.   If half way through the presentation, you discover those new shoes are…