the space” adds interest & energy.
4.When you practice, time yourself; time is your enemy.5.Be “ready & waiting” before the audience is ready & waiting; arrive 15 minutes before your presentation.6.Be familiar with the room arrangement, including the A/V set-up.7.Establish your credibility early; start by introducing yourself & panel members by name, position, & LGA.8.The first five minutes are everything.
Check the microphone sound with the audience.
Exhibit that you are prepared.
Use eye contact.
Be energetic through your voice and facial expressions.
Tell participants when they can ask questions.
Audiences tend to remember the first and last bits of a presentation.
Have a “cheat sheet” to remember to do these things.
9.Eye contact establishes rapport.
Look directly at one person for a few seconds, then at another, etc., so everyone can feel included.
Avoid the inclination to speak to only one section of the audience.10.Audience participation increases attention span and learning; use participants’ names when you can.11.Use your voice to best advantage to maintain audience interest & exhibit confidence.
Modulate your volume & tone, putting “light and shade” in your voice.
speaking in a monotone
dropping words at the end of a sentence
raising your voice at the end of a sentence (connotes uncertainty)12.To emphasize an important point, say it a second time using different words; illustrate with an example, story or anecdote.13.Accept some fear as being good (energizing stress vs. destructive stress).14.Identify your fears; categorize them as controllable or uncontrollable, & confront them.15.Rest up so that you are physically and psychologically alert; dress comfortably.16.Convince yourself to relax (breathe deeply; meditate; talk to yourself).17.Imagine yourself as a good speaker (self-fulfilling prophecy).
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