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