Practising

Once you have become comfortable with your slides, your voice, and your body, you will have accomplished the basics. Most importantly, you will have timed your speech so that you never have the embarrassment of going over your allotted time.

All presenting techniques must be practiced and most scientists would rather do science than practice speaking. However, developing the type of speech-giving persona which suits you only has to be done once. Then it is yours forever, and you can get back to what is important: discovering new ideas in science. So give your speech-giving self the practice it needs, and you can be a speech-making success for the rest of your life.

This above all: to thine own self be true.

- Shakespeare Hamlet Act I, scene iii

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