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re: Completely by accident. Someone pushed me into it, pretty much against my wishes. I was terrified at first, but have grown to really enjoy it. T...

How do you prepare for your talks? Do you have any specific rituals you go through before stepping in front of an audience?

I'm a scripter and practicer as opposed to an, err, wing-it-er. Once I sort out the point of the talk and put together a slide deck, I figure out what I plan to say on every slide, and between which words I plan to change slides, and then I rehearse until I feel confident that I can appear unrehearsed. My rule-of-thumb is that I have to give the entire completed talk to my empty office 10 times before I'm ready go on stage.
I once read a recommendation that said a speaker should multiply the number of folks in the audience by their hourly rate in order to decide how much effort should be put into a talk. By that math, the bar for being prepared feels very high.

Ah! That is so nice to hear. I've met a lot of wing-it-ers recently and it's honestly made me feel quite self conscious about how much I need to rehearse.

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