As presentation training gets more commonplace, you see more presenters who do everything by the book – and some of them do take this quite far. One of the worrying trends is too much practice – I have seen presenters who rehearse everything – from their body movement to their talk, and I suspect some of them even rehearse when they should smile and cough! Contrary to what you may read in the books, too much practice for your presentation is not necessarily a good thing. Yes, it’s great to practice your slides – try speaking what you want to say during the time that each slide is being shown – but you must stop after a while, and let your natural personality take over.
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