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Tips during your speech or presentation

8. Remember to make good eye contact.

  • Look left, right and at the center of the audience.  This makes everyone in the audience feel included. We like to be included. 

  • When the speaker only looks at one part of the group, others feel excluded.

9. Remember to lower your voice.

  • Lower register voices are generally easier to hear and understand. Try and lower your voice when speaking.

  • Women, in particular, tend to speak in higher registers.

  • In addition, when we are nervous, our voice tends to move to a higher register. Consciously speak  in a lower register.

  • Your voice will sound more powerful.

10. Pronunciation.

  • Be sure you can correctly pronounce all of the words you are using. If you are not sure about a pronunciation, substitute a word that you can pronounce correctly.

  • Mispronounced words affect credibility.  

11. Gestures and Body Language. 

  • Stand or sit up straight.  Do not hunch.

  • Keep your hands are free of pens or jewelry that you might be tempted to fidget with, distracting your audience from what you are saying. 

  • Fewer is better in the gesture department. 

  • If you want to make a point with your gestures, do it in a definitive manner.  Make your gestures count. 

  • Avoid little gestures or fluttery hands.

12. Instead of saying “uh,” take a breath.

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