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When I received the invitation to give a TED Talk a few years ago, I was already an experienced speaker and coach, but I didn’t know that a journey of fellowship and organic practice lay ahead.

First, there was a fellowship among the diverse group of speakers scheduled for the program. We shared our topics and stories and became friends.

One day, a talented artist named Nikki piped up and said she had already memorized her talk. She recited it every morning driving into the city and every afternoon driving home.

Here's the good news — if you’re preparing for a high-stakes presentation, you don't have to memorize it and recite it a hundred times. But you do need a plan.

Make a Practice Plan


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