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      Above all, you must rehearse when you plan to read your speech. The reason so many speakers are incredibly boring is that they stumble through their unre- hearsed speeches without energy and polish. Most of the time, speeches read from a text sound sloppy. A prepared speaker who takes the time to practice reading aloud through the text a few times, can deliver with enthusiasm and energy to capture the interest and attention of the audience.
      Another disadvantage of reading a speech, especially if you do not have a lectern, is that your nervousness will tend to be more obvious to the audience. They will see your hands shaking as you
hold the pages. There may also be a risk that poor lighting will
make it difficult to read the text. To be on the safe side, bring
your own little flashlight - it could save you some embarrassing
moments. There are even clip-on types which are quite effective
for speakers.
     If, by accident, you read the same sentence twice, you may
get rattled and lose your concentration. So be careful when you
read your speech! Rehearse it. If you think you have no time,
you are wrong. There is always the taxi ride to the airport, or
a few moments in the restroom.

Again, I do not recommend that anyone - even a
first-time presenter - should stand behind a lectern
and read a speech, unless your presentation is in
another language. But if you do anyway, please,
practice, practice, practice!

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