Control Body Movements
Although having a strong and positive body language is crucial to delivering a good speech, make sure that it does not become a distraction or annoyance for others. For example, if you are constantly moving your leg, either out of habit or nervousness, it will most likely be noted by the audience and it is not likely going to go down well with them. The crowd should not be distracted from the topic of discussion.
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Take it Easy
Showing energy is essential and it must be done. However, showing too much energy can leave the crowd in a bit of limbo. You do not want to move too fast in your speech or speak unreasonably loud to keep the crowd’s attention. A bit of haste every now and again may help keep them from sleeping but it should be done sparingly and not as a rule.
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Eye contact is essential. Keep on making eye contact every now and again with the crowd. Try not to look here and there too much or on any notes as it leaves the addresses out of context. Also avoid playing with pens or your tie clip while addressing as these are signs of nervousness, something the crowd will most certainly not like to see.
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Make sure that you are confident when you are speaking. Even if you are not entirely comfortable, do not let it hinder your speech or let it come on your face. Present yourself well and speak clearly. The start is crucial; afterwards, you will be feeling at home.
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