How to Stop Giving Terrible Presentations

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Do not be self-effacing.

"They came to see you, the expert. Stand up and be the expert," Surace says. "You're there to entertain. People are sitting in a room, coffee is running out, the lights are dim, and they're starting to nod off. I bring up the energy level. I have said before, 'Everybody stand up and stretch the legs. Now, we'll all be able to learn from each other.' I'm friendly, energetic, and try to have fun. That means I never talk from behind the podium. It's a brick wall between you and the audience."