- Be certain every speech, seminar and pitch for business has a clear, concise message.
- Kick up your energy before you start. Remember that motion drives emotion, which drives attention, which drives memory and learning.
- Anticipate answers to tough, sensitive questions. Tell bad news quickly, then focus on the positive.
- Relax by exhaling several times before beginning your presentation. Do it often throughout the presentation, too.
- Be sure to rehearse in front of an audience at least two days before the event. You can then adjust materials, visuals and timing if necessary.
Barbara B. Miller ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is President of Barbara B. Miller Communications, providing skill-building courses that help people present themselves more effectively. She lives in Austin, TX.