As you have finished memorizing your speech on the 7th day and a little bit of practice in front of the mirror or your family and friends, it does not end there yet.
It is not yet over, you still need to rehearse and do some more practices and rehearsals. Depending on the time of your delivery, you may or may not have much rehearsal time.
Before you begin writing your speech, you have to consider the time of your speech presentation.
Let us say you only have seven days to memorize and on the 8th day, you are going to present, then you only have a day of rehearsal.
Perhaps you have a little bit more time, you got 15 days before your speech presentation, then you can have more time to practice and rehearse your piece.
During the rehearsals, here are three crucial things that you must consider:
1. You need you a professional coach
One of the best ways if not the best is hiring or asking for a coach to critic you during your rehearsals.
That way, you can improve right there and then about the way you deliver your speech.
If you are getting ready for a speech competition, you definitely need to hire or find a coach to guide you and teach you the best possible presentation style that fits your personality.
Remember, whatever you say in front of an audience, whether you did great or average will remain as your identity until your next speech if they are the same audience.
If not, it will remain in their hearts and that is how they perceive you as a person of authority or not.
That is why it is very important to have a coach during rehearsals to fine-tune your performance.
2. Family and Friends coaching are fine, but you need to level up.
Unlike the memorization period, rehearsal time is a very different thing.
It is the second level that requires a higher level of skills in order to do it the right way.
Your family and friends can help you practice and memorize during the 7 days of memorization, but during the rehearsals, you really need someone who knows how to critic and gives advice for the improvement of your presentation.
3. Be willing to learn and adapt to new changes
Many speakers fail because they are not willing to adapt to the new changes or they are just too afraid to do it.
Some would argue and insist on the old ways how they were taught in middle school and high school where they were told by their trainer not to look at the audience in the eye and just look at the head and imagine it as cabbages or potatoes.
Now that new styles are being taught, it is hard for them to accept and adapt.
However, if you are willing to learn and adapt to new changes, you will be able to cope up with the trend and be a rock star public speaker in the making. Just learn how to adapt and you will be fine.
During the rehearsals, your coach will take care of you and will guide you every step of the way until you are ready and confident to stand on the stage and deliver your long-awaited carefully written speech.
However, if you cannot find anyone to help you out, do not worry, there are other practical methods that you can follow and apply even if you are alone.
So how do we rehearse our speech in order to be ready for the big day?
Here are three steps that you can follow:
Record yourself delivering your speech. Use your Smartphone or any recording device to record yourself.
Watch your video and observe your mannerisms, repeated words, hand movements, facial expressions, tone and the volume of your voice and improve it.
Record yourself again and do it better than the first one. You will gradually improve your performance if you see yourself on video. Just like that. Simple and easy!