10. Step 10: If Any of the First Nine Steps Seem Awkward, You Owe It to Yourself to Ignore Them

Every speaker or presenter is not the same and should not expect to be able to develop and use communication skills in the same way. In other words, use your head and common sense. Not only are no two speakers alike, but not all speaking situations are the same, and not all situations are ideal for some or all of the nine previous steps mentioned in this book. If you practice the steps, become familiar with them, and use them enough so you instinctively know the fundamentals, it is okay to eliminate or modify any of the steps in certain situations. The ability to modify a technique comes from mastering the fundamentals.

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