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Dr. Herbst THE ART OF GIVING TALKS 1. NERVOUSNESS Try not to get nervous. Avoid showing signs of nervousness, such as wringing hands, pacing too much, fidgeting, and jangling keys. If you are nervous, take a few deep breaths and grip the desk. 2. BLACKBOARD USE a) Make sure that your writing is large enough to be seen from the back of the room. b) If your handwriting is poor, print! c) Try to speak as you are writing. Otherwise, the audience may lose interest. 3. INTERACTIONS WITH AUDIENCE a) Don’t stand near the overhead or LCD projector; you’ll probably block the view. b) Don’t ignore your audience by staring out into space, at the floor, at your shoes, etc. Instead, make occasional eye contact with audience members. Eye contact can help gauge whether or not they’re understanding you. Nods are a good sign, quizzical expressions a bad sign. Sleeping audience members may not be your fault. 4. SPEAKING CLEARLY a) Do NOT speak in too soft a voice. I’d rather have you shout although there should be a golden mean. b) Do NOT speak too quickly. c) Do NOT recite a memorized speech; a memorized initial sentence is O. K. to get you off on the right track. 5.
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