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Tried-and-true public speaking tactics

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If you have an upcoming presentation, you can’t go wrong using these age-old tips for delivering a great speech:

  1. Be energetic. Make an entrance—jump, slide or bound onto the stage. Become a performer bringing your topic to life.
  2. Instill humor. Make fun of yourself. Tell of mishaps that turned into successes. Get personal, and keep your audience interested with humor.
  3. Use open body language. Smile and keep facial expressions friendly. Stand up straight and keep your arms open—not crossed across your chest.
  4. Offer visuals. Use images to help your audience remember what you say. Keep slides to a minimum and let them complement your message, not lead it.
  5. Build in breaks. People listen well for about 10 minutes. While you can’t dismiss them for breaks that often, work modified breaks into your talk. Pause for a video, do a demonstration or involve audience members in an onstage task. That breaks up your speech and keeps people’s interest.

— Adapted from “5 Presentation Lessons From Apple’s New Rock Star,” Carmine Gallo,

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