Quick tip: Take the lectern with confidence

If you move slowly, your audience could assume that you are nervous, anxious or indifferent. Walk too quickly, though, and they will interpret your pace as overconfidence. Best bet: Approach the lectern about 25% faster than you normally walk. That conveys the impression that you are excited to be speaking to this audience and that you are eager to begin.
— Adapted from “Six Surefire Actions To Take After You’re Introduced,” Allan Misch, No Sweat Speaking Ezine, Allan and Allan, www.nosweatspeaking.com.

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