- Write your own mini-biography to send or hand to whoever is introducing you
- Know who you're talking to
- A handout of some sort (business only)
- Prepare. The better prepared you are, the more you'll be able to make your talk sound less formal and friendly
- Give your audience the big picture in your introduction
- Aim for a balance of emotional and rational
- Humor is almost always welcome (not rude or too personal)
- Practice modulating your voice (up and down, no squeaks)
- Practice in front of friends (honest feedback please)
- Make eye contact with your audience
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SOME MALE SPEAKERS LIKE TO GRASP THEIR COAT LAPELS WHILE...
Some male speakers like to grasp their coat lapels while they are speaking, but this is only recommended if you can depend upon yourself not to fidget with your hands and twist or roll your lapels round in your fingers. If without a lot of clatter and movement, you can manage to get slightly behind your chair an ideal position is to rest your hands lightly on the back of the chair-provided it is not too low and forces you to bend over. Another very safe place is in your pockets (women speakers often find it easy to slip their hands inside their suit jacket pockets with the thumbs only tucked outside the pocket). If you use pockets, avoid the tendency to fiddle with loose change or keys etc.
Finally and this is probably the best since it helps you to stand straight is clasped lightly behind your back.
The position of the hands like everything else is a problem that disappears with practice.
The experienced speaker does not think about his hands, and they naturally go into a suitable place. The matter of gesticulation is simple.
First of all never 'invent' a gesture. Do not make a deliberate movement of your hands or arms in an attempt to give emphasis to your words. It will make you look like a clown. Therefore do not thing about gestures at all until they come of their own accord.