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replaced with simpler, less pretentious ones. Use the same
vocabulary as your audience.
     Do not be long winded. Say as much as you can in as few
words as possible. Watch repetition. Sometimes itís effective
but most often itís annoying. Be careful about the word "I"and
statements like "I did", "I think", "I will". Instead emphasize
"we" and "you" as much as possible.
     Practice reading your draft at a normal rate of speech -
about 145 words per minute. Youíll get a feel for how to
emphasize certain expressions and phrases, how to breathe,
and where to pause.
     One thing, though, is true: you will tend to speak faster
before an audience than during rehearsal. Fit the speed of your
delivery to the listeners. If it consists mostly of older people,
speak slower. If they are younger, you can speed up a bit.

Conviction

For your presentation to succeed, you must believe whole-
heartedly in your message. If you do not, it will be obvious. It
takes a very skillful presenter - or actor for that matter - to
convincingly give a phoney presentation. If you are truly
convinced of the value of your mission, and you genuinely feel
that your ideas can help the audience, be sure to show it!

Monitor the Audienceís Reaction

When presenting, everything you do and everything you say
may be received differently by members of your audience. Your
message will not come across successfully unless you are
sending the right signals. Constantly monitor your audience
as you present. Obtain feedback as often as possible and make
needed adjustments. If faces look puzzled, pause and ask if you



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