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Delivering Your Presentation > Using Effective Body Language - Pg. 87

D ELIVERING THE P RESENTATION 87 Here are some ways to learn more about, and adjust, your pace, tone, volume, and diction: Tape-record a presentation or a practice session. Listen to the recording as if you had never heard the person on the tape before. Considering the audience and the subject matter, decide what adjustments you need to make. Then try it again. Continue until you are sure the audience will be able to understand you easily. Ask a colleague to listen to a portion of your presentation and give you feedback. Then practice the presentation, making the changes the person suggests. The colleague might want to use the following chart to check off the different parts of your speech. too loud? _____ too soft? _____ too flat? _____ ok?_____ regional dialect detected? _____ ok?_____ ok? _____ too inflected? _____ too fast?_____ too slow? _____ pronunciation clear? _____ distinct? _____ no _____ all words pronounced distinctly? yes _____ if no, what word(s) were slurred? were any tags used? if yes, what were they? evidence of rising inflection? if yes, when? yes _____ no_____ yes _____ no _____ Note any trouble spots or words or phrases that just don t sound right. Using Effective Body Language You don t need to speak another person s language to know whether that person is pleased to see you or afraid of you, happy or tired, feeling confident or feeling unsure. That s because we communicate a great deal of information through our body language our posture, gestures, facial expressions, and physical movements. See for yourself. Examine the body positions and facial expressions in Exhibit 5 2. Match each body position or facial expression to the most accurate description by writing the appropriate letter in the blank space. © American Management Association. All rights reserved.