Theater Rehearsals: What Executive Presenters Must Know Part 5 of 5: Dress rehearsal

dress-rehearsalTo view the other steps in this series, see Step 1 “Script read through” , Step 2 “Run Through”, Step 3 “Cue to Cue” and Step 4 “Top and Tails”

Step 5: Dress rehearsal
On the day, regardless of what time the presentation is due to start, schedule time for a dress rehearsal. Rehearse in the same room if possible using all the technology planned and microphones needed. This final run through boosts confidence for the live version. The second delivery of the day will be smoother and appear more natural.

Most business presenters skip this step because they start to feel self-conscious of presenting to only a few people, rather than a whole audience. But surely, if you can’t feel comfortable with a small group, how can you scale up to the large one?

Don’t worry about what this small audience are thinking, because chances are they are thinking how professional and thorough you are as a presenter!

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