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Make sure you use the full two weeks to perfect your slides, polish your talk (and be very concise about your words), and review material you are unsure about.
The best way to mentally prepare for your thesis defense talk is to listen to other thesis defense talks.
I actually went and got a few talks on DVD (the good ones that I remembered). When nerves are running high, talks may not go as expected.
If their research is on a similar topic as your own, this would be more ideal-but take what you can get. You can battle this nervousness by showing up well-prepared.
This means that use of jargon and highly technical terms will only put your audience to sleep. Simplify it the best that you can and put it in the larger context of your research field.
Use cartoons or model slides (if necessary) to give your audience the general, overall picture.
If you already have most your slides ready to go, then you are lucky. And this means that you don’t cram it all in a couple of days right before your talk. You certainly don’t have to memorize every word of your thesis defense talk, but you should have it well-polished.
I ended up getting data at the last minute and my story changed. I’m not talking about giving just one practice talk. There is no limit (or requirement) on how many practice talks you should give, but give as many talks as it takes until you feel like you are ready.
My talk was ~45-50 minutes long which also leaves time for questions.
Either way, do not procrastinate on your slides and/or talk until days before.