I do, too.
But you know what I hate more? Feeling unprepared. Forgetting what I wanted to say. The clammy feel of my palms sweating as I realize I’m not sure I checked my slides after the last time I used them to make sure they’re updated with this client’s info.
I practice so I will feel great. I practice so I can forget about the content and concentrate on the audience.
I practice because the people who are taking time out of their day to listen to me deserve it—whether I’m leading a meeting, holding a call, or giving a keynote.
It’s very easy to be too busy to practice and prepare. But it’s worth it to slow down, take your time, and make sure you’re ready to connect.