FBI Bulletin: Guidelines for Public Speaking

The most recent issue of the FBI Bulletin has some excellent Guidelines for Public Speaking. Here are the first few:

  1. When giving a presentation, speakers should not display mobile phones, pagers, or other electronic devices. These objects signal to the audience that the attention is not entirely devoted to them.
  2. Presenters need to remove lanyards, badges, and large jewelry. These are very distracting.Lecturers can enhance their appearance by wearing small pins on their lapels.
  3. This gives the impression that they are larger than just a single individual—they are part of an organization or group with a bigger cause.

The whole list is worthy of attention.