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- 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
- Speech Making Explained: - manner of speaking you ....
- Speeches - be articulate. ....
IT WILL BE SEEN THAT THE LONGEST PAUSE (OF COURSE,...
It will be seen that the longest pause (of course, it is only long by comparison) comes before the most important words 'to so few'. Closely linked with the subject of pauses is the use of emphasis. Again there is a big difference between the written and the spoken word. When a writer wants to emphasize a word or phrase he puts it in italics. Good writers use italics sparingly.
In speaking, however, 'verbal italics' are necessary on a much bigger scale. For example take the phrase - 'It can be done and it will be done.' In writing this no italics are needed; but if it is spoken, the verbs must be emphasized so that it becomes: 'It can be done; - PAUSE - it will be done.' Emphasis like the pause should be varied.