by Gilda Bonanno http://www.gildabonanno.com/
Several years when I was teaching a public speaking class, a few of the participants remarked, "we already know this stuff." However, when I watched their presentations later that day, it was clear that whatever their claims about knowing "this stuff," they hadn't put it into practice.
Their presentations were full of filler words, like "um" and "ah," the organization of their information was jumbled and hard to follow, their slides were overcrowded with too many words in tiny font and their body language didn't support their message.
It's not enough to know something intellectually about effective presentation skills – you have to practice it consistently in order for it to become a habit and a normal part of how you present.
Your goal is to master the fundamentals of presentation content and delivery through repeated practice so you can integrate them into how you normally and naturally present. Knowledge is not enough – you have to apply your knowledge. And then you're ready to say "I know this stuff" and "I do it consistently."
Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com
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