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Delivering an Effective Oral Presentation

  1. Dress comfortably, but appropriately.
  2. Be yourself.
  3. Establish a rapport with your audience (humor, anecdotes, demonstrations).
  4. Be conscious of your posture, your voice, your gestures, and your “body language” overall.
  5. Move around at least a little, but not too much (avoid swaying from side to side or rocking back and forth, and try not to pace).
  6. Face your audience and make eye contact.
  7. Pause or take a drink of water if you need to compose yourself.
  8. Be prepared for questions, both by allowing time for them and by anticipating what audience members will likely ask.