Secrets to Paid Public Speaking Success #12 (of 101): 5 Tips to Create a Powerful First Impression

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking
  [caption id="attachment_315" align="alignright" width="160" caption="First Impressions Count - Make 'em Powerful!"][/caption]   "I'm sorry, I'm not really used to speaking in public.. so please bare with me..." "Hello!  Can everybody hear me in the back...? We all heard such borring and no-impact openings... Never open with similar openings: check your VA equipment in advance and never start with an apology (unless you knock over someone's hot coffee in your way to the lecturn and it lands in their lap; or if you step with your high heel on someone's foot... you get the gist :) ) The way you start your presentation, PLUS the way you look and carry yourself, will often set the tone for how you'll be perceived throughout your presentation.  At times you can recover from…
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