Many speakers don’t realize how much they distract their listeners. Three of the biggest obstacles can be overcome. First, remove all loose change, jewelry or dangling keys before you approach the podium. This prevents you from unconsciously fiddling while you talk— or making jangling noises as you move around. Second, plant your feet and stand up straight. Allow yourself to pace only a few steps during transitions. Finally, never turn away from the audience to read from a screen. Always face your listeners.