Objective: dry run. Ensure everything will run smoothly and the talks match their expectations.
And I won't be happy until I'm 100% confident this will happen.
I need plenty of time to memorise it, I've never had a good memory!
In none of my talks I ever spoke from a proper, classic stage... scaring & exciting!
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU: never sit down and work on your own for days on your script. Always have someone looking at the script with you once in a while, and not always the same people, as they will soon familiarise with the topic as much as you and won't be able to spot the pitfalls.
TIP: If there's a chance to do an official rehearse and get the organisers' feedback, absolutely go for it, no matter the cost, the effort, the distance (the cold!). It can make the real difference.
TIP n. 2: Bring with you with an energetic friend or colleague who will support you, encourage you and film you! It makes a lot of difference to see how you perform on stage. You may not enjoy watching yourself performing... never mind, do it anyway, it does really help a lot to get better and better.
It's been a loooong and intense day, I'm physically and emotionally exhausted, but it absolutely worth it.
This has been the most bizarre March I've ever lived in my life.
In Italy we say that "Marzo e' pazzariello", and it's true: this March is a little crazy, in every sense.