You've all experienced the speaker from Snoreville. You know whom I'm talking about, the presenter who drones on about this profit margin or that market trend but never really gets his message across. Do you fear that you may be from Snoreville? Is your speaking style sabotaging your message? Don't worry just take note of these easy tips and make your next presentation worthy of sitting up and paying attention!

1. Practice 
Whether you practice in front of the mirror, your friends, family or pooch, rehearsing really helps you polish your presentation skills and increase your confidence for the big day. Even brides need a wedding rehearsal! I can't stress it enough practice and then practice some more!
2. You Look Marvelous
Different clothes give us different energy levels, and if you can feel it, so can your audience. Wear your favorite suit, press that crisp white shirt and don't forget to coif your lid the morning of your big presentation. It's a great confidence booster to look professional and feel good!
3. Now, Without the Marbles in Your Mouth 
What's more aggravating than trying to pay attention to a speaker who's mumbling or "umming?" Record your presentation while you're practicing (see tip #1) and then count the number of times you say "um" or "uh". Now try it again and try to cut down on the stumbling. Elocution really pays off.
4. Speak Up
Your message is worth hearing so don't forget to breathe and project your voice to the back of the room. To be on the safe side, request a lapel microphone to ensure that the entire room will hear you.
5. Move Your Body 
Some well-timed hand movements or taking a few steps while you're speaking can be a highly effective way to engage an audience's attention. No one wants to look at a stiff board. But remember that you should be energetic and professional when gesturing not spastic or uncontrolled. 
6. Visual Aids for Dummies 
It may seem obvious that your PowerPoint slides should be clean and uncluttered but you know firsthand that people often forget the golden rule: less is more. As a rule of thumb, take a hardcopy of your slides and place them on the floor. If you can't easily read the text on a slide, increase the font size and cut down on the number of bullets per page.
7. Embrace Anxiety 
A little bit of nervous energy is a good thing. Your natural physiological reactions to think faster and talk with greater intensity will give the perception of a high-energy presentation, so don't sweat it.
8. Story Time 
Telling a story is a great way to loosen up and engage your audience. The best stories draw on real-life experiences that relate to your topic. An unscripted story gives listeners a break from statistics and data and allows them to internalize the message with a memorable scenario.
9. Know Your Technology 
No one likes to fumble with cords and remote controls. The day before your presentation, get a techie to show you how to use any unfamiliar presentation tools and do a general walk-through of the equipment.
10. Just Tell It Like It Is
Use conversational language and get to the point. Avoid jargon and large, multisyllabic words because you'll come off pedantic (oops!) instead of profound. Most people appreciate short, concise messaging so skip the flowery prose and tell them what they need to know.


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