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Why You Should Record Yourself Every Time You Speak

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just a tripod and a camera set up in an unobtrusive location.[clickToTweet tweet=”Always try to capture your speech on video…it allows you the same experience as your audience. ” quote=”Always try to capture your speech on video, because it allows you the same experience as your audience members. “]
If it’s not convenient to use video, simply buy a little inexpensive pocket recorder or use your smart phone. Stick it in your pocket, on the podium or on a table near where you’re speaking and set it in record mode before you are introduced so you can capture things in context (and so you don’t forget to hit record).
Take the time to listen to and watch the recordings with an eye on what works well and what could be improved. Listen for the the “uhms” and “ahs.” Notice the words and phrases that you trip over, and the things you wanted to say that you left out. Learn how your speech sounds to someone else, and observe the reactions of the audience to your message.
I understand that this is a difficult thing to do. The reality is most of us don’t like to hear ourselves talk because we tend to be overly critical when we listen to our own voice, and watching ourselves is anything but comfortable.
But if you want to be a successful speaker my advice is…get over it.
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Be ready to take notes when listening to or watching your recording to note the way you’re using filler words to steal the breath from the air, to know where you use your voice effectively and where you don’t, and to capture any insight you can regarding how the audience reacts to certain parts of the speech. Use the insights to revise your approach, then rehearse the new version so you can do it better next time.[clickToTweet tweet=”note the way you’re using filler words to steal the breath from the air…” quote=”note the way you’re using filler words to steal the breath from the air”]
Aside from hiring a professional speaking coach, this perhaps the best possible way to becoming effective presenter.
Action Advice: Record yourself every time you speak. Learn from it. Improve your presentation. Repeat the process.
Do you record yourself when you speak? Why or why not?

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