Project Yourself

To make a connection you cannot be timid—you must project yourself. There are three things to consider when evaluating your ability to project yourself to an audience aside from the content of the talk: The way you look, the way you move, and the way you sound. The audience members, whether they know it or not, are judging you and your message based on these elements. All these factors influence your ability to make a strong connection.

Look the Part

How you dress matters. A rule of thumb is to dress at least a little more formally than your audience. It’s important to dress appropriate to the organization and the occasion, of course, but it’s better to be a bit overdressed than underdressed. You want to project an image of professionalism, ...

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