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A Novice’s Guide to Speaking in Public: 10 Steps to Help You Succeed in Your Next Presentation... Without Years of Training! by Michael Faulkner

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4. Step 4: Walk with Purpose to the Podium; Smile, Pause, Then Smile, Smile, Smile

We shall never know all the good that a smile will do.

Mother Theresa

You may have heard that first impressions count and last a lifetime. Well, they do! In a previous book I wrote on personal networking titled Networking for Recent College Graduates, I discussed research that has been conducted on first impressions and body language. One of the most striking findings is that in less than a second people form lifelong impressions (good or bad) of us based on their first contact or first viewing of us. The research went on to show that most of what is perceived in these initial micro observations takes place by visual and nonverbal cues or in other words, before ...

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