Quick tip: Make the most of a small audience

Be comfortable when only a handful of people attend your presentation. Turn disappointment into a benefit by saying: “We’ll make this an interactive discussion. I’ll have more time to give detailed answers to your questions.” Then give a 10-minute overview of your topic, and launch into an extended question-and-answer session.

— Adapted from “Morgan’s 10 Holiday-inspired Rules for Public Speaking—Especially When Things Go Wrong,” Nick Morgan, Public Words Inc., http://publicwords.typepad.com.

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