How To Practice So You Look Great At A Whiteboard
What’s the best way to practice for whiteboard wizardry? This is a question I get over and over in my classes and workshops. Here are my top 3 tips so you can get the most out of practice and rehearsals.
Key thing to keep in mind: the more you practice, the better you’re going to look.
Tip 1: Practice In A Realistic Setting
The more realistic your setting is, the easier time you’ll have. If you’re going to be working in an office setting, practice in a similar one. If you are going to use a flipchart, whiteboard and PowerPoint, practice in a room set up just like the one you’ll be presenting in.
By creating an environment similar to your final presentation, you’ll work out the kinks and quirks in advance.
Tip 2: Practice In The Same Size
“Does it help to sketch out my whiteboard in my journal?” Many participants ask about this. The answer is “yes” and “no.” Yes, it helps to have a blueprint plan for what you will do on your whiteboard.
But no, it’s better to practice in the same size you’re going to be doing in front of your audience.
Tip 3: Practice Drawing and Talking
When you sketch at a flipchart or whiteboard, you are going to draw and talk. Practice doing this too! Don’t limit your practice to only drawing on the board. Also rehearse what you will say, ask, and do. By rehearsing your complete performance, you’ll be ready to go.
Practice. Practice. Practice. It’s the best way to get to where you want to go: looking great, interacting with your audience, and getting the most value out of using a whiteboard in your presentations.