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Presentations (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) by Harvard Business Review

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Practice Your Delivery

It feels great when you’ve finished creating a presentation. Indeed, many presenters feel so satisfied that they do nothing else until it’s time to speak. But to prepare thoroughly, you must also rehearse what you’re going to say and get yourself ready mentally so you’re both polished and relaxed.

Rehearsing your content

It’s tough to identify all the holes, dull spots, and excessive details in your presentation just by reviewing your notes and slides. You need to assess how your presentation will look and sound to other people.

The best way to do that is to practice before a test audience. If you can, rehearse in front of a group of colleagues or friends. Try to include people who are similar to your real audience in terms ...

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