Be honest about how prepared you are. Do not confuse busyness with purposeful, focused practice. Remember that you are entering competition where other speakers will be skilled, rehearsed, and ready.
You are already old enough to have heard the expression, “Practice makes perfect.” Interestingly, there is growing science to prove this theory beyond mere speculation. Even though we do not need to be perfect, it is true that adequate practice will always lead to improvement. Studies show that myelin, the white matter that makes up more than 50% of the brain, is enhanced by careful repetition and rehearsal. One study reviewed MRI brain scans of professional musicians to prove this theory further.
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Malcolm Gladwell in his national bestseller, Outliers, contends that 10,000 hours of practice is one of the common denominators for those who are the elite in their fields!
Here’s how Ed Macauley, the acclaimed NBA player and coach in the 1950’s, explained the stark reality of activities that require practice. He said, “When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him, he will win.”
So, honestly assess your preparedness and rectify your strategy if necessary. Put in a little more practice than you thought you could. Remember: You can make one another better by being your best.