In this video I’m going to teach you a three step process to practice your presentation so you can give your presentation professionally and hopefully, successfully. In case you missed them, there are two other videos that cover creating epic content and how to write your presentation script, which you can see here and here.
Why you should practice your presentation
I’m kind of thinking that I really don’t need to tell you why you should practice your presentation. But if you happen to be one of those people that thinks you can just wing it when it comes to your presentation, this is for you.
The short version for why you should practice your presentation is because… if you don’t, you’re going to f*ck it up.
The slightly longer version is because if you care at all about making a good impression, being successful, or overcoming your fear of giving a presentation, then you’re going to want to practice as much as possible. Or you’re going to f*ck it up.
The BFF Process
So here is a three step process to help you get ready for your presentation. And I call these BFF.
The B stands for Block It… And this actually comes from film, television and theater where the script writers will write out exactly how the actors will move, stand, and deliver their lines. And that’s what you’re going to do with your presentation so you know exactly how you will deliver your presentation. What I want you to do is make notes about where you will stand and how you will say certain points or words to best get your message across.
Next, the first F stands for Film It… And what I want you to do here is to make a video of yourself giving your presentation. Make sure that you are wearing the clothes you would wear if you were really giving the presentation so you know exactly what it will be like when you do it for real. After you are done filming, critique yourself by checking your:
- Body language
- Voice tone and volume
- Length of the presentation
- And view the presentation as if you were one of your audience members. How would they feel if they saw your presentation?
You’re going to want to do this Film It part until you feel comfortable giving your presentation and before you move onto the third step in the BFF presentation practice process.
And the third step, and second F is Front It… Which means practicing in front of an audience. Again, you want to wear what you are going to wear for the real presentation, and ideally, you will practice on a stage or something similar to where the real presentation will take place. The audience can be peers, coworkers or friends.
The main thing is they have to view your presentation as if they were the real audience you will be presenting to. Ask them to give you feedback about the same things I mentioned earlier: your body language, voice tone and volume, presentation length, and one more thing…
Whether or not you made your points clearly and convincingly.
And that’s it! You now know a three step process to practice your presentation, BFF… which was Block It, Film It and Front It, which could all become your BFF. At least when it comes to presentations; otherwise, that would just be kinda weird.
Anyway, hope you found that helpful and let me know if you have any questions or comments. If you need help with your presentation, check out my consultation services here.