There are different levels of practice. “Deliberate practice” is practicing in a way that stretches your limits as much as possible.
This is not what most of us do when we practice for an upcoming presentation. We focus on our slides. We practice to get the words right, to get the charts in order, to time ourselves.
Deliberate practice stretches you to have cognitive access to the information while making a meaningful connection with listeners–and being who you really are.
Six suggestions to help you with deliberate practice
Listeners are not influenced by slides
Bring your conversational, active voice to presentations, not your bullet points. After all, listeners are not influenced by slides. They are influenced by people who are genuinely and completely present to them.