1. Ask A Friend or Colleague: You can’t change what you don’t see or hear.
Invite a friend [s] or colleague [s] to be your eyes and ears. Give them specific things to look for while you speak. You might suggest, “notice if I articulate, listen for a monotone voice or note my posture. The more specific the instructions, the better feedback you receive.
*This is not the time to alter your content unless it’s a small tweak.
2. Record Your Voice Only: Attune to what we hear.
The voice recording helps attune your ears for keen listening: the articulation of words, clear speaking, well-placed pauses, and an expressive tone. Tweak your delivery as you detect any weakness in any of those areas.
3. Video-Tape Yourself: See the full picture
An observant friend and recorded voice gives you direct feedback on specific elements. By videotaping, you’ll see the full picture – how all those elements fit together and ultimately what your audience is witnessing too.
Give yourself a high-five for being deliberate and conscientious about preparing for this upcoming opportunity. Readiness and awareness are two keys tools for ensuring a glowing presentation!