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Checklist for Public Speaking Success

The next time you give a presentation, take some time afterward to evaluate your success.

Here’s a 7-point checklist to get you started:

1. Was my voice clear, pleasing and loud enough for everyone to hear?

2. Did I make eye contact with listeners throughout the room? (Don’t ignore the sides or the back of the room.)

3. Did I pause at appropriate times?

4. Did I engage the audience?

5. Were my notes effective? (Hint: If you forgot to make an important point, your notes were not good enough!)

6. Was my ending strong – and it did connect with my beginning in some way?

7. Did the audience look interested? Litmus test: Did they invite me to return to speak again?