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He might contact you to learn more about your background,
what you plan to say, and the relevance of your topic to the
audience. However, most will wait until the last minute to talk
to you. Be pro-active. Find out who will introduce you
and contact them at least two days in advance. Get to know them
and make them your ally. (See p.195 on Preparation.)

Be Heard!

There is one rule above all others when speaking: Make sure
that your audience can hear you! If necessary, use a micro-
phone. There is absolutely no excuse for not being loud enough.
Practice projecting your voice before your presentation. In
general, it is better to be too loud than too quiet.
     In my teaching experience less than 1% of my students
were too loud. Your aim as a presenter is to be heard and
understood. People cannot understand you if they cannot hear

Air Intake

It is easier for you to speak loudly and powerfully if you breathe
properly. Effective air intake and appropriate pauses during
your talk will help you control the volume of your voice. Slow
down your delivery if you are having volume difficulty. Breathe
from your diaphragm or stomach and not from your chest.
     Make yourself "fat" and you will have all the air you
need. Practice proper breathing as much as possible before you

(See p.192, on Preparation, for daily exercises to help you
improve your vocal cords.)

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