Always finish strong, both in the words you are saying and the manner you say them. This is your last opportunity to get your point across to the audience, so use it. Upon finishing your speech, avoid the impulse to gather your papers and walk away immediately. Instead, finish your last sentence, hold your position and look at the audience. After a moment, gather your note cards and with confidence, walk away from the lectern directly to your seat. In sitting down, don’t allow your body language to suggest you are relieved at having gotten through your speech. Maintain your poise until the audience has finished applauding or the next item on the agenda is introduced.
There, that’s not so hard is it? Seems like a lot of things to remember, but much of this will probably come naturally to most of you. And if not, then consider these points as a solid foundation for your future speaking engagements. Who knows, after you’ve put these tips to good use, you might be looking forward to the next occasion when someone says, "Say, you know who’s a great speaker…"
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