Comedian Robert Klein said on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedy Award show that actors get paid big money to appear like they are saying their lines for the first time. In case you weren’t aware, I am obsessed with understanding how to hold an audiences attention. One of the easiest ways of doing research is watching a stand-up comedian work. But this was something new; people want to believe that actors are speaking lines as they come to mind. How does this translate to public speaking? Do people want to believe that I am saying original thoughts in their infancy, or do they want to hear things that have been thought out and rehearsed? Or do people think they want to hear practiced words, when they really want to hear something that is fresh?
Practice Makes Perfect?