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At university I learnt how proper preparation and rehearsal can make doing presentations a lot easier, they don’t need to be a big deal! I just wish my teenage self knew this…I can’t tell you how many projects I did last minute because I was nervous and didn’t want to think about presenting. 

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hey!! for some odd reason, i have a bunch of ppt presentations i have to do coming up and i realized mine could improve a lot. i put this together to help u all with your powerpoints + get u ready for presenting them !! hope it helps u [:

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First of all, welcome to my first ever tips post!! I hope this is useful to someone. My school has had us do this thing called “Declamation” since I was seven, which means that I have had to memorize a new poem or monologue every month for the past seven years. It feels like I have memorize and recited everything in the world! Along the way, I have picked up some tricks to memorize things that have helped me, so now (hopefully) they can help you! Keep in mind that all these tips may all work great for you, but some may and some may not; I’m just sharing what has worked for me. All right, on to the post!

GETTING READY

1. Read what you are going to recite

Whether it is a poem or a presentation, before you can memorize anything you have to know what you are saying. Read over the entire thing, even if you wrote it yourself. Absorb everything you are reading; this will set a foundation to help you memorize it later. If you don’t understand what you are saying, you won’t remember it.

Also under this point: If you are declaiming a poem or monologue, look up videos of other people doing it! Trust me, this is extremely helpful for getting a feel for what the emotions should be.

2. Split up the work

This can be by stanza, paragraph, or whatever you’d like. The important part is that these pauses you choose feel like natural breaks to you. This will help you a lot; doing it all as one big piece will be frustrating and confusing.

3. Record yourself saying it

Open up voice memos, and record yourself saying the whole thing. Now listen to it a couple times. This gives your brain another way of taking in the words, and you might even memorize some of it on accident!

GETTING STARTED

1. One line at a time

Seriously, don’t try and learn a whole stanza at once, you’ll thank me later. 

2. Have fun with it!

Sing this line. Dance around your room saying this line. Say it in a funny voice. Try anything and everything, you’ll find what works for you. I personally line to give each line a little tune with a beat to it, it helps me make everything flow. 

3. Put it together

Once you have learned all the lines to a section, practice it together. This is where that little tune/rhythm comes in handy; there’s a reason why song lyrics are so easy to memorize. Get the stanza memorized well enough you can say it without looking twice, with time in between not looking at your paper.

4. Put it down

Let this stanza sit in your brain! Don’t go over it, don’t look at it, let it be. In 5-10 minutes, try it again, and see how well you did. If it wasn’t great, review it and wait another 5 minutes before you do this again. If it’s good, then repeat these steps for every other section, until the whole thing is memorized. I like to use my recording here to make sure I have it all memorized by speaking with my recorded voice.

FINISHING TOUCHES

1. Film yourself

Practice it with the pacing and body language you plan on using for the real deal, then watch yourself! It’s going to be cringey to watch yourself, but it helps get it where you want it to be.

2. Practice!

Practice, practice, practice! This heavy duty time should come about two days before the performance/presentation of your piece, because forgetting the whole thing while you’re practicing the night before due to over practicing and stress happens. Get it so good at this point that you could say it in your sleep. 

3. Breathe

You’ve got it! don’t psych yourself out; the night before, just practice it twice or three times. If you start messing up where you usually don’t, stop, your brain has had enough. The day of, say it once in the morning, then stop. It’s hard, but resist the urge to say it over and over and over in your head, it’ll hurt more then it’ll help.

Now go and own it, you’ve got this!

Ok, I hope you guys enjoyed this! this was my first venture into the world of helping others on studyblr, so hopefully it wasn’t a fail! Please let me know if these tips helped you at all, or if they didn’t, and what worked for you. Alright, hope I helped!

A Shy Girls Guide to PUBLIC SPEAKING!!

I am an introvert. I tend to stay away from hanging out with my friends, going to parties and participating in class. On top of that I am EXTREMELY shy and I will not talk to anyone that doesn’t talk to me first. Public speaking as always been one of my weaknesses in my 19 years in life. I HATE talking in public or talking in general. This might sound very sad but I would rather text or email rather than talk in person or on the phone. But I have been trying to over come my fear of public speaking (if it will over come at all) by trying out new things like getting a job as a cashier and such. But here is the Shy Girls Guide to Public speaking. 

PREPARE

I know how you feel. Your teacher announces, “We are going to have presentations”, you freak out but try not to be, don’t even think that you have a fear of public speaking. Instead think of how you are going to present your topic confidently. Write down ideas on a sheet of paper and pick one that you are most confident on presenting to your class. Write detailed notes on your topic before you start making an outline. Make sure to include questions that student’s might ask you, answer them. 

So you have made some detailed notes. Now it is time to make an outline of what you want to say to your class. Pick out a few sub-topics for your topics and for each sub-topics, say a detail or two. Try to include the questions you thought about earlier in the details. If your professor allows you to write on index cards, write what you are going to say on them. DO NOT READ OFF THE CARDS! 

PRACTICE YOUR ASS OFF. Make sure you feel very confident. Try to memorize what you will say to your class. Practice in front of a mirror or record your self. Speak in a loud confident voice, loud enough you hear your own echo. Once you gotten all the memorization down, now it is time for body language. Don’t stand in one place, move around the front of the class room, walking slowly one side to another. Move your arms, use expressions in your face. Try to look at the eyes of the students, if you don’t wanna use eye contact, look at their forehead (that helps out a lot for me). 

SHOWTIME

Okay it is the day of the presentation, don’t be nervous, you practiced all week now it is time to show off your skillz. I know how it feels when the teacher calls out your name for your turn. Take a long deep breath, everything will be fine. Professors tend to be lenient towards the quiet ones so it is okay. 

Introduce yourself to the class and introduce the main topic. Don’t forget to talk LOUD! Be confident in your presentation because you worked hard, and you want that grade. The teacher will know if you worked very hard on a presentation, trust me. Most of the time the students aren’t even listening to your presentation, so make eye contact to the people that seem intrigued in your work. Occasionally give your teacher eye contact, I know it might be a bit scary but its just for a second. 

If you mess up, don’t get all panicky. Just correct yourself and keep going. Talk slowly or in a normal pace. Some kids try to talk super fast when they are nervous. 

THE END

Now you are done with the presentation, they clap, you go to your seat. Be proud of yourself that you’ve done the presentaion. It is the best feeling in the world. I find it impossible for you to get an F on something you worked so hard for, so don’t think you will fail. You can do it