Simon is also a proponent of practicing. “One time I completed my presentation in less than 10 minutes because I spoke too fast. But, after practicing, I was able to spend more time elaborating on what I wanted to say. Another time, my PowerPoint presentation froze, but because I rehearsed my slides I was able to speak from memory,” he said.
The best presenters are those who present frequently and keep tweaking their presentations based on audience reactions. “This is the same methodology followed by successful stand-up comedians, i.e., find out what works and what doesn’t work and adjust accordingly,” said Lizotte.
When delivering a speech, be sure to speak at a pace that is comfortable and engaging. “Vary your voice inflection, and use pauses and variations in pace to avoid sounding monotone,” Stone said. “Project your voice and carefully enunciate your words.”