What does practice make?

If you’re like most people, your automatic response to that question will likely be ‘perfect’, but actually that’s not the case.

Many years ago when I was playing badminton (Leinster Squad, but I don’t like to brag) one of our coaches said something that has stuck with me ever since. He said ‘Practice does NOT make perfect, it makes permanent’. His theory was that if you practice ‘wrong’ or practice doing something wrong, you’re never going to get it perfect, you’re just going to make that wrong thing permanent, like a bad habit.

This is the case with many communication skills issues, and negatively impacts on many people who give a speech, do a presentation or attend an interview. In short, they have practiced wrong, and instead of having their skills perfectly honed for the big event, they have simply made bad habits permanent.

Learn how to practice right through visualisation and make that good habits permanent, then maybe you’ll be a little closer to ‘perfect’ on the day.

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Why public speaking is like playing Rugby

For the day that’s in it (Come on Ireland!), I thought I would look at the similarities between preparing for a crucial six nations rugby match, and preparing for a wedding speech, a presentation or a job interview. At first glance, there may seem to be no connection, but let’s dig a bit deeper.

Irish Rugby

In order to perform at your best, you need to change the way you think about the task you’re performing. Some people talk about this in terms of a paradigm shift. Once you change the way you see the challenge, you can’t help but change the way you approach it. Is your presentation, interview or speech a performance? Yes, it absolutely is.

So, Ireland have a big game coming up against Scotland. Do they just rock up to Murrayfield and hope that everything will be ok? Absolutely not. How many times have you heard a commentator say ‘Straight off the Training Ground’ when a will executed move results in a score? How much have we heard over the last number of weeks about how meticulous Joe Schmidt is about his preparation and analysis. How much of the hard work is done before the team ever walks out onto the field ¬†at 2.30 this afternoon?

Ask yourself this, If your speech was a rugby match, what would you do to prepare for it? How much would you practice, how well would you be drilled. If your job interview was a rugby match, would you have analysed previous performances and practiced and rehearsed answers to the most common questions (What are your weaknesses? Outline a time when you achieved something in your role that involved overcoming obstacles…).

You can’t just leave things to chance and assume things will work out. If you could, the Irish team would have just said ‘Hey, we’re professional rugby players, we’ll just rock up to Murrayfield and do what we do and it will be fine’. They haven’t, and you shouldn’t.

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Is It For Me?

If the thought of speaking in public makes you feel anywhere from ‘pretty uncomfortable’ to ‘physically ill’, then yes. The course is of huge benefit for nearly anybody who has to, or may have to, speak in public. Whether it’s a wedding speech, a job interview, a presentation in work or college, or a sales pitch to prospective clients, the skills you will learn will help you conquer your fears and control your nerves and anxiety so that your personality can shine through. It will help you in many other aspects of your life also. If you’re in doubt as to whether the course can benefit you, please contact us to discuss your circumstances