6. Step 6: Take Control of Your Speaking Space and Your Speaking

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Benjamin Franklin

As you wait for your introduction to be complete, you have a minute or two to loosen up and make your final preparations for your remarks. If you are in view of the audience make sure you are smiling. Try to inconspicuously tighten and loosen major muscle groups (that is, legs, trunk, back). This isometric exercise routine has been used by athletes and performers for years to help them loosen up just prior to a performance. The last thing, just before you step to the podium, take one or two deep breaths, breathing in ...

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