The professional presentation habits that you worked hard to cultivate can work against you. Your next speech may be better if you vary from these practices:
- Memorizing your remarks. Jot down the most effective lines you deliver instead of relying on your memory.
- Gesturing broadly. Go big to exaggerate and add humor. Tone down your motions when conveying drama or a similar emotion.
- Smiling. When your expression is a habit, you no longer convey warmth and emotion. Plus there are times when a smile is inappropriate.
— Adapted from “The 5 Bad Habits of Experienced Speakers,” Olivia Mitchell, Speaking About Presenting, http://www.speakingaboutpresenting.com.