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Chapter 32. Delivery > Making a Graceful Exit - Pg. 269

Delivery 269 When you finish speaking, don't rush off; you're not finished yet. Just as your speech started before you opened your mouth, it also ends well after you stop talking. Give the audience a few minutes to absorb what you've said. Stay in front of the podium for a few seconds and look directly at the audience. Follow these steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Stay and take your applause. Don't rush off. Gather your notes and walk away from the podium. Walk with confidence; you're still in charge. Take your seat. Don't start talking to the people next to you; many people in the audience will still be looking at you. Look attentive and confident. The Least You Need to Know · Strive for a natural delivery. Memorize the opening and closing, but not the entire speech. · Show your enthusiasm. · Deal with problems quickly and professionally--and don't beat yourself up about it later if you flub some- thing. · Respond to every question at face value, and treat it as a true request for additional information. · Resist the temptation to be witty or clever when answering questions. · When you finish speaking, don't rush off; give the audience a few minutes to absorb what you've said. · Remember: You're in command.