Rehearsals and Authenticity in Public Speaking (featuring J.K. Rowling at Harvard Commencement)

Isn’t it ironic that in order for you to look authentic when you speak in front of your audience, you have to rehearse your presentation? In order to appear true to your audience (and not the nervous wreck you are deep down especially if you are a first time public speaker), you have to keep practicing until every move you make up there on stage feels natural for you, whether it be walking a few steps forward, pointing your hand on the screen, doing your little mannerisms, etc. Indeed, it’s ironic, but it’s crucial.

Nick Morgan explains this in his blog post, Can you fake authenticity? Body language quick take #10. Being authentic is being genuine. This is displayed when the person speaking in front of us  is consistent in his/her message  accompanied by a confident and relaxed body language.

Having said this, and believeing this to be true, I do wonder how J.K. Rowling did it when she spoke at a Harvard Commencement in 2008.

I watched her video again and it amazes me how easily she entertained her audience, making them laugh and listen to her all throughout her 20 minutes up there in the podium. Of course it helps that SHE is the first ever billionaire author, but still, I am inclined to think that she did her fair share of rehearsing this speech of hers at home.

So, just keep rehearsing until you feel confident enough to speak in public. Having practiced your lines and your gestures is still better than to not have practiced at all.

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