Do you Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse again? If you’ve kept up-to-date with The Speaker’s College blog you’ll know that to become a professional public speaker requires discipline. This is the same for all performers – comedians too! In fact most (if not all) comedians rehearse, rehearse and rehearse again to be word, gesture and expression perfect for their live performances. The late great Frankie Howerd was like this to the amazement of Michael Parkinson on his famous 1971 Parkinson interview. Frankie gave Michael a note of the questions to ask him so he would have perfectly scripted answers – not exactly a free-flowing interview eh? But the point is that too often public speakers don’t give enough thought to their performance (for that is exactly what it is) and the net result is fluffed, forgotten and poorly constructed lines. It is easy to make this mistake, easy to skimp on rehearsal and even easier as a result to blow your chance to make a good impression. So whatever you do the next time you stand to speak remember this basic rule: if you want to be a professional performer you’ve got to rehearse, rehearse and rehearse again!
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