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4 simple tips on how to practice effectively

Practice in your brain

 ... in vivid detail. Research shows hat once a physical motion has been established, it can be reinforced just by imagining it.

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Mastering any skill takes practice

Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement. It helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence.

Mastering any physical skill takes practice. And it isn’t simply about the number of hours of practice. It’s also about the quality and effectiveness of that practice.

Effective practice

It's consistent, intensely focused, and targets content or weaknesses that lie at the edge of one’s current abilities.

Focus on the task at hand

Minimize potential distractions by turning off the computer or TV and putting your cell phone on airplane mode.

Start out slowly

Coordination is built with repetitions, whether correct or incorrect. If you gradually increase the speed of the quality repetitions, you have a better chance of doing them correctly.

Multiple daily practice sessions

Frequent repetitions with assigned breaks are common practice habits of elite performers.

Many divide their time used for effective practice into multiple daily practice sessions of limited duration.

Practice in your brain

 ... in vivid detail. Research shows hat once a physical motion has been established, it can be reinforced just by imagining it.

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Minimize distractions

Don't leave your phone and computer within arm’s reach during practice sessions. 

Put them where you can’t see or hear any notifications so you won’t be tempted to stop ...

Focus on quality

Start slow if you’re new to what you’re practicing so you can make sure you’re doing quality work, like landing one dance move well before moving onto the rest of the routine. 

Once you feel comfortable, increase your speed, but don’t lose sight of the quality of your practice.

Divide your practice into sessions

Give yourself breaks in between practice sessions. 

Even professional athletes and performers take time between sessions to recharge so they can maintain the right quality level during practice.

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Voice Modulation

You modulate your voice when you change pitch, like when your voice goes up at the end of a question. 
Just like with music, its rhythm and tone can convey a meaning that may be diff...

Use Voice Modulation to Improve Your Speaking Voice
  • If you want your audience to quiet down, to be calm or to perhaps hang on your every word, speak more quietly.
  • f you want to rile up your audience, speak with a stronger voice. You can also use volume to convey your passion.
  • Try not to speak too quickly. Most audiences will have trouble following along. Instead, speak at a moderate pace. Slowing down your speech even more will emphasize each word.
Working With Microphones

Microphones just make any speaking mistakes or tics louder and easier for your audience to detect.

Practice speaking with a microphone before your performance and record your speech. This will help you detect words you have pronounced too loudly and times when hard consonants have caused feedback with the sound system.
The Art of Communication

We communicate with each other as a habit but miss a lot in what a conversation really holds.

Our lack of listening skills, our inner chatter, and the urge to speak about ourselves is clou...

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“We have two ears and one mouth, therefore we should listen twice as much as we speak.”

Active Listening

When someone is coming to you for advice, you have to listen, with intent. You are not supposed to jump into a conclusion and start dishing out advice.

Usually, people just want someone to listen to their problems.

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