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    With rare exception, you only need to memorize the introduction, personal story, jokes and transitional parts of your speech, not the whole thing.

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    Like most activities, if you visualize yourself doing something beforehand it can help boost your confidence when you're actually doing it.

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    Try to get to know the room you'll be speaking in beforehand. For example test the microphone and other equipment if possible.

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    Avoid making any awkward situations worse by apologizing or saying, "woops that was awkward, excuse me." Just keep going and forget about it.

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    A bit of walking around and hand gesturing while speaking helps keep the audience engaged in your presentation.

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    If you have a relevant personal story or good joke to tell and your audience is appropriate it would be good to use it.

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    Use strong body language if you're at a meeting and sitting at a conference table.

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    Sometimes it helps to videotape yourself beforehand if you're unsure of how you'll come across in your presentation.

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    Make sure you dress nicely for a boost in confidence. Also dress appropriately based on the topic and type of audience you'll be having.

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    If you're speaking informatively about something, try to act like a world class teacher when on the stage.

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    The more your practice your speech the better you'll present it. Make sure to rehearse with your materials too if you have any.

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    Ideally any slides should be graphics and not words as people read faster than they hear and they will become impatient.

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    Practicing with a timer can help you gauge the speed at which you speak. Remember to take your time and avoid words like "um."

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    Remember who your audience is and at what level of understanding they're at as you prepare your presentation's content.

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    Speak to the person farthest away from you in the room to ensure your voice is loud enough.

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    Use very large font sizes if you are using PowerPoint and don't put too much text on each slide or you're bore your audience.

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    Don't read too long from your notes or your presentation slides as your voice needs to project towards the audience, not the floor or the wall.

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    Looking at various audience members for about three seconds each helps keep the audience involved.

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    Remember to pause and recollect your thoughts while giving a speech or presentation.

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    Survey the audience every now and then to see how they are reacting. If everyone looks bored you need to add more enthusiam and adjust.

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    Keep in mind that unless the speech is actually about self promotion, it's not about you, it's about your message so focus on that.

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    If you don't have or want to use a video recorder you can still use a tape recorder to practice your speech.

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    Write an outline of your speech first. After you've written your full speech go back to your outline and make sure your main points are written in.

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    If you are nervous try to change that energy into enthusiasm.

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    Know more about your topic than you include in your speech.

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    If you have an important speech or presentation to give make sure you have a backup laptop with the slides on it in case you need it.

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    Look at the audience before you begin to let them know you're interested in them.

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    Recap your speech's main points at the end.

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    Try to be aware of your hands while you talk. Keep them out of your pockets and try not to fidget.

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    After practicing your speech in front of someone, have them ask you questions in order to get an idea of what audience members might ask.

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    Use quotes to strengthen your speech.

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    Avoid looking at people in the audience with frowns or crossed arms. Look for friendly faces instead.

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    Try to keep the number of main points in your speech to three or less. Also try to keep all of your main points under one general theme.

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    If you're prepared and are interested in your speech it helps to think positively about how your speech will affect the audience before you begin.

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    When speaking to an international audience keep in mind that most people may know English as a second language so speak a bit slower than normal.

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    Attend and watch other public speaking events and note what the speaker seems to do well.

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    Don't put the audience on a pedestal. Know that they want to hear a good speech and presentation.

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    Any notes you bring should be in outline form and not your speech written out word for word otherwise you'll spend too much time searching!

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    The best way to prepare is to practice your speech and imagine yourself in front of the audience beforehand.

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    Videotape your speech when practicing, and review it before the big day. It will make you aware of how you are moving and giving your speech.

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    Don't ignore interruptions to your speech. Acknowledge them with a humorous remark to maintain control and ease tension.

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    Practice your speech out on friends and family beforehand if possible. They can give you feedback and you can gauge how it will be received publicly.

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    Be excited about your talk. Nervous energy can be transformed into adrenaline and excited energy. Avoid monotone speeches at all costs!

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    Begin with the end in mind. First, write down exactly what you want your audience to do as a result of your speech. Write it to get that result.

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    For god's sake, if you have slides, don't just stand there and read them. It's boring, and I can do that myself.

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    Don't recite your written speech word for word, but simply know what you want to communicate and let your brain choose the insignifcant words/tense.

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    Watching an actor give a similar public speech every night before bed for a week will teach you the proper body language and mannerisms.

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    Speech is what you express for empowering lives.

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    Professional Tip: Print your speech on just 1 side of the page, so that you don't visibly turn the page over while at the lectern/podium.