As a speaker, you have the responsibility of delivering a seminar that is fulfilling and memorable for your audience. In order to do so, hard work and preparation are key factors that will determine how well your audience take to your presentation. Apart from charisma, one has to put in additional practice through rehearsing if he or she were to achieve a good response. Here are some guidelines that you can follow to assist you in your rehearsals.
Firstly, always remember not to walk into a seminar without any form of preparation. A spontaneous presentation can go terribly wrong most of the time when no practice is involved. This is because you aren’t aware of the time that you should spend on each individual slide. This could cause you to go over the time limit or end way earlier than anticipated. Let’s not forget that without rehearsing, you will probably end up missing out on a lot of points that you would have like to mention. This will make your seminar turn out disappointing for your audience and they will not have any pleasant feedback to share with others.
Secondly, for those who tend to get nervous easily or suffer from stage fright, it would be wise to rehearse even more. Start off by practicing alone till you have perfect the entire speech. After which, invite your family members or some of your close friends so that you can present it to them. Remember to always use the actual slides when you are rehearsing. This makes it much more realistic and at the same time, it allows you to receive feedback and constructive criticism. By doing so and gathering their suggestions, you will be able to sort things out further and make improvements to your seminar on the actual day.
Thirdly, when you are rehearsing, always use a laser pointer to keep your audience focus. Direct what you are trying to describe with the laser pointer and this will help to retain the audience’s attention. However, do not use it unnecessarily as it may end up distracting them instead.
Lastly, when you are rehearsing, try to memorise only the main points on each slide. You shouldn’t memorise everything as your seminar will end up being boring. Try giving yourself some leeway to personalise your presentation. This will allow you to have a more interactive and well rehearsed presentation.