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Movement

Typically, speakers tend to stand in one spot, feet rooted like a tree to the ground. If your presentation will be delivered from a lectern, try to get away from it! If appropriate, move to the side or front of the lectern to get nearer the audience. It is engaging, and audiences feel closer to the speaker without barriers in place. If you are using a microphone, then you will need an extension cord or lavelier mike. In a formal presentation, or if the lectern is at a head table, this technique may not be practical.

You should normally stay within four to six feet of the front row. Don’t stay frozen in one spot but don’t pace either. When you move always look at a person in the direction you are going. An occasional step to either side, or even a half-step towards the audience for emphasis, can enhance your presentation. Stay close, stay direct, and stay involved with your audience.


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