I’ve received a lot of great feedback on my TEDx Fort Wayne talk, “Accessibility: Fort Wayne’s Competitive Advantage”. It seems to have struck a nerve, and hearing that has been very rewarding. I put a lot of work and thought into it, and it’s always nice when that gets noticed.
As someone who teaches public speaking, I think it’s important to share why I think it worked. While my presentation wasn’t even close to perfect, there’s one thing I think I did right, one secret that pulled the whole thing together, one tip I have for others looking to improve their presentations. So, why do I think my TEDx talk went well?
I practiced. A lot.
If you make presentations, this is the one thing you can’t ignore. Nothing will ensure your success more than practice, and nothing will ensure your failure more than a lack of practice (I know that from experience, too).
For more about the importance of practice, read Lisa Braithwaite’s comments on the Speak Schmeak blog.