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Chapter 29. An Ounce of Prevention: Rehe... > Preparing Index Cards or a Speech Ma... - Pg. 243

An Ounce of Prevention: Rehearsing 243 Be sure that you rehearse the entire speech each time. If you don't, specific parts of the speech will be smooth; others will sound unprepared. For example, if you rehearse only the beginning, your body and conclusion will be weak. Or, if you concentrate on the introduction and the conclusion, the body just won't be as strong. Rehearse it all every time! 8. 9. 10. Practice the speech using all the visual aids.This will help you judge how much time they will take up and how to incorporate them into your speech. You'll also find out if you've got a problem with a picture, prop, chart, or slide. Then you'll have the time to fix the problem well before the actual speech. Practice with background noise.Turn on the TV or radio so you can practice your speech with distractions. After all, unless you lull your audience to sleep, they're going to be making noise during your speech--chewing gum, shuffling their feet, blowing their noses, and coughing. Get used to the distractions ahead of time. Practice your speech dressed as you plan to be for your actual presentation.This will help you make sure your outfit is comfortable. If it isn't, you still have time to select a new one for the big day. Rehearsing with Others So far, I've been assuming that you're a solo act. As you have learned from previous chapters, however, this isn't always the case. What should you do if you are just part of the evening's enter- tainment? What about being part of a panel, for example? The same rules explained earlier in this chapter still apply, except that you should try to rehearse with the other speakers. To ensure a smooth team effort, it's a good idea to see what everyone else is going to say--and how they plan to say it. If you're the chairperson of the event or the group