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How to Give a Great Presentation: Prepare More and Say Less

Abraham Lincoln Guide

At Interact Studio we talk about the “Lincoln Method,” which is to prepare more and speak less.

Most people don’t prepare enough—and they speak too long. Any of us who have admired the Gettysburg Address of 1863 love the fact that is was so brief and so bold. Lincoln delivered the speech in less than three minutes. Who does that today?

Here are three takeaways:

  1. If you’re asked to speak for 15 minutes, speak for 10!
  1. Record yourself on audio saying everything you’d like to say—and listen for the parts you can eliminate. Pull out the stuff that doesn’t contribute to high impact.
  1. Then practice out loud on your feet and record yourself on video. You’ll have more command of your message when it comes time to speak.

Prepare more and say less!

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Lou Solomon

Lou Solomon is the founder of Interact. She is a TEDx speaker and a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review,,, and Fast Company.