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Presentations (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) by Harvard Business Review

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Deliver Your Presentation

Once you’re in the room with your audience, focus on engaging people and projecting confidence. Here are some suggestions that will help:

 Retain the expressive, conversational tone you practiced in your rehearsal.

 Speak at a moderate pace. You’ll sound nervous if you go too fast; you’ll bore people if you go too slowly.

 Make sure everyone can hear you. If you have a microphone and sound system, test its effectiveness before you begin.

 Avoid watering down what you say with “kind of” and “sort of.”

 Make eye contact with audience members.

 Watch the audience for nonverbal cues, and use your facial expressions to convey interest in people’s reactions.

 Take a breath now and then. It helps you relax and reduces ...

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