Are You Practicing to Improve…or to Reinforce Bad Habits?

Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Are you practicing your public speaking to improve…or to reinforce bad habits? We hear people say, “Practice makes perfect.” In reality, practice makes permanent.

It is helpful to get an outside perspective on your presentation to reveal any areas in which you might improve your content or delivery. Practice in front of an audience. Ask one or two perceptive people for their feedback. Make it clear that you want constructive criticism, not just praise. Did they understand the points you were making? Was there a lack of logic or continuity? Did they think you spoke too quickly or slowly? Use feedback to polish to your presentation.  If you are not getting adequate feedback from those around you, you might consider professional speech coaching.

You can continue doing familiar things that don’t work, or you can improve by learning and practicing better habits. My speaker friend Craig Valentine says, “Without new tools and techniques you are just getting better at getting worse quicker.”  To take your speaking from good to great, find and incorporate new tools and techniques into your practice.

I am often asked, “Is it possible for anyone to become a great speaker?” Others want to know, “Can I become good enough to get paid to speak?” My reply is, “I guarantee you do not lack the talent to do this. You might lack the patience. Learn to love the process.

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– Don Yaeger, Long-Time Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated magazine, Award-Winning Keynote Speaker, New York Times Best-Selling Author

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Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp works with individuals and companies who realize that powerful, persuasive presentation skills give them a competitive edge.