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5 Things Presenters Need to Know:

  1. People learn best in 20 minute chunks (Think of TED talks)
  2. Multiple sensory channels compete, and visual trumps auditory — make sure the visuals are not distracting or detracting from the speech
  3. What you say is only a small part of the message — think about the unconscious cues you are triggering from the way you deliver your speech
  4. To get people to act, give them a call to action — be specific about what you want the audience to do
  5. People tend to imitate other people’s emotions — passion, enthusiasm and excitement are contagious

Joe Lex's How to Give a Damn Good Talk:

Lex's 10 Rules:

1. Know the type of talk you're giving
    formal/informal, lecture/discussion, objectives
2. Know your audience
    understand their knowledge/motivation
3. Know your ending
    develop your conclusion first
4. Know your beginning
    memorize opening line
5. Know your material
    you should know something your audience doesn't
6. Know your voice and tone
    speak loudly, enunciate clearly, avoid "roodles" (um, okay, etc.)
7. Know body language
    use exaggerated gestures, move around
8. Know your environment
    don't use podium or laser pointer
9. Set the ground rules
    ask or questions before conclusion, summarize take-home points
10. Deal with stage fright
    practice, practice, practice

"If you want me to speak for an hour, I'm ready.  If you want me to speak for a few minutes, I will need several weeks to prepare."  -Mark Twain
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