How to motivate yourself to practice


Question submitted from one of our members:

In a previous post, you talked about practicing a presentation. I always tell myself I’m going to practice and prepare, but end up reading my speech. How can I motivate myself to practice out loud?

Sheri’s Response: Plan to give yourself a tangible reward for practicing. As silly as it sounds, we like rewards. You will particularly like the reward of being less nervous when it’s time to present. PRACTICE is the single most valuable tool in reducing nervousness.

Give yourself positive affirmations after each practice. Even if you think that you had a bad practice, affirm that you are improving. Pick out the areas you will concentrate on for your next practice and affirm that you are making progress. Telling yourself you are good begins the subconscious process of delivering a compelling presentation.

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