Practice Makes Improvement

WRITTEN January 10, 2017 Author: Rich Atkins

After piecing together the parts of your speech, you may find yourself spending countless hours memorizing what you’re going to say during the actual presentation.

Whether you decide to rehearse by making note cards (or an outline), reciting the information over and over again in your head, or doing a mock presentation for a small group of friends or colleagues, practice is the best way to improve the way you communicate.


Here are 3 effective techniques to use when practicing your speech before it’s time to set foot on stage or in front of a room:

  1. Practice Out Loud

Going through the motions, completely, of what you’re going to do and say during your presentation gives you a better feel for what your vocal range/tone, and body language will be during the real presentation.

  1. Record Yourself

The only thing more effective than practicing in front of a mirror is recording yourself speaking and then watching the playback. Doing this before a presentation will allow you to hear potential verbal tics, track your vocal speed, and edit what you end up saying.

  1. Ask a Friend

For feedback in real-time, ask a friend or a small group of colleagues to sit through a rehearsal of your presentation. Ask each person there to identify one of your strengths and an area for improvement.


To improve your presentation skills, carve out time to practice and you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it.


This information is from our Public Speaking curriculum. If you’re looking for ways to improve your communication skills, register for one of our public classes.

Photo courtesy of Lam

Stay Connected

Subscribe to the IC weekly newsletter for tips and advice on your communication skills!

Public Classes

Effective communication is empowering. Get started on your path to being more clear, brief, and effective.

Upcoming Classes