How often do I need to practise my speech before I deliver it?

I have always used the advice from two very skilled artists to answer this question. The first is the singer /songwriter Bryan Adams and second is perhaps the world’s greatest actor, Sir Lawrence Olivier.

Bryan Adams once told us that

He got his first real six string
From the five and dime
And played it to his fingers bled
In the Summer of 69.

Lawrence Olivier has said that

Acting or performance doesn’t start until the script goes down.

While I don’t necessarily agree that you should injure your self when practising, you should know your content and your performance well enough that it is a part of you.

So rather than practise, tell your story.

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Getting your first six-string from a five and dime and playing it until your fingers bled is a great story!

You already know your stories you’ve told them for years at barbecues and get-togethers. Your script is already down. Your brain has the plot, the storyline and the characters ingrained in your memory.

Tell your story, make your point and transition to your next story.

It not about practise, it’s about knowing your story.

All you need to do then is hone your performance.

Shane Mallory

Shane is a performer, emcee, host, communicator, creative, mentor and innovative theatre director. He lives in Ipswich, Queensland with his wife Natalie, who are almost 'empty nesters' providing a home for their two daughters' dog and two cats.


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