Friday, December 03, 2010

Public Speaking - Record Your Presentations

You will find that the testing process is continual even after you start using your
material in front of live audiences. If you pay close attention, you will notice that
when you say something in a slightly different manner it may get a better
response. If you can remember how you said it, you can say it that way next time
too. This is how a story or a piece of material evolves and gets better all the
time. It is very difficult to remember, however, exactly how you said something
during your presentation. That is why most pros tape record whenever they can.

I try to at least audio tape every presentation I give. It is amazing how much
you can learn by doing this. You don't have to get fancy either. I started with a
$15.00 recorder. I just sat it on a table near the stage area. If you can afford a
higher quality recorder and microphone that is even better, but it is not
necessary. Video tape is even better and, with the decreasing costs involved, a
camcorder and microphone are within reach of most serious presenters.

If you are starting with audio tape only, you won't have to worry about your
body language, posture, or stage movement. All you have to do is listen to what
you actually said, if it was humorous, and how the audience responded. I used
the term actually in the last sentence, because many presenters think they said
one thing, but the tape proves they said something completely different.

If you really want to learn the most from audio taping your presentations,
have the tape transcribed
. I know this is a pain in the neck, but you won't believe
how much you will learn until you do it. You will see on paper all the ums and
ahs, extra noises and words and syllables you uttered. Most people are in shock
when they look at a transcription of what they actually said during a

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