8. The Art of Being Completely Present

We’re living in the age of interruption and distraction. When we are speaking to someone face to face, we do not like it when they check their phone, seem preoccupied, or somehow not fully present. Yet we have become quite accustomed to enduring speakers and presenters who are not fully engaged with the audience and the topic. One of the most important things to remember when delivering a presentation is to be fully present at that moment. A good presenter is fully committed to the now, committed to being there with the audience at that particular place and time. He may have pressing problems—who doesn’t?—but ...

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