How to Deliever a Knockout Speech

Wow your coworkers!ARRIVE EARLY If you're speaking at a conference, you're likely an important person with a busy schedule. Don't rush in to an important speech - take a quiet moment to calm nerves and gather thoughts.

PULL YOUR HAIR BACK Nothing's more distracting then constantly brushing away bangs or - gasp! - twirling your hair.

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SPEECHES ARE LIKE THEATER Your job is to inform, inspire, and entertain. So whether you're addressing buttoned-up execs or a more relaxed crowd, use clever quips to hold their attention.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE STAGE When addressing a large group for longer than a few minutes, don't just stand behind the podium. Walk around - it keeps the energy high and allows you to connect with the entire audience.

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WEAR A BOLD COLOR These days, large conference rooms are usually outfitted with video screens, which project the speaker's image to the room's far reaches. So what you wear matters. Pick a color that pops on camera, and apply makeup more heavily than normal to avoid looking washed-out.

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