1. Use familiar and easy-to-follow words and short sentences. Use language that is straight-forward.
2. Repeat key words and phrases.
3. Leverage transitions. Make sure they connect what you just said with what you’re about to say.
4. Stick to a clear pattern of organization. This helps the audience retain information.
5. Aim for audience interaction.
6. Avoid jargon, unless it’s known to be familiar to the audience.
7. Be concise. Use as few words as possible and use contractions. Especially if you’re experienced in giving talks, make it shorter.
8. Be conversational.
9. Appeal to the 5 senses.
10. Use figures of speech like similes, metaphors and other analogies.
11. Use good grammar!
12. Using active voice and personal pronouns (I, me, my, you, your) help you sound more confident.
13. Avoid hedging your statements. Hedges are phrases that introduce doubt.
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