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- Eye Contact - If you're not paying attention
to them, they're not paying attention to you.
Vary your eye contact about the audience, changing
people as your prose suggests - for example, stay with
the same person through the end of a phrase or
sentence, then switch. Especially in competitive
speech, eye contact is a very important criterion for
judging; practice it, make it natural.
You'll be glad you did.
- Inflection - Every inexperienced speaker runs
the risk of a monotonous speaking voice. Just
remember that you need to exaggerate all inflection
while on stage - you need more emphasis to get the
tone of your speaking across to a larger audience.
Don't overdo it and overact, though; sincerity is a
delicate and precious aspect of any presentation.
Practice will help you strike the balance!
- Gestures - A touchy part of any speech; you
want to make sure that you're neither rigid nor
dizzying, as either detracts significantly from the
presentation. Practice, practice, practice - you
should have some idea of what kind of thing
you're doing to accompany each segment of the speech,
but knowing exactly what you're doing conveys a
yucky plastic artificial quality that nobody wants to
see. Vary gestures from practice to practice,
performance to performance... it'll keep you on your
toes, and that keeps the audience interested.
a bit nervous about your speech? That's okay!
There are ways to deal with it. Check them out in
the section on Dealing