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Don't Be a Lemon in the Limelight!
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0 Worst Speaking Habits to Avoid


"Don't Be a Lemon in the Limelight!" Avoiding the 10 worst habits of public speaking:
  1. Avoid swaying, shifting of weight or excessive wiggling.

  2. Avoid a lack of confidence in your subject matter.

  3. Avoid inappropriate smiling, telling jokes and/or laughing.

  4. Avoid inappropriate voice use such as: Lack of modulation (monotone or sing-song rhythm); Quality (nasal, mumbling, breathiness); or Speaking too loudly/shouting or too softly/inaudibly.

  5. Avoid verbal mannerisms such as: Uh, You Know, Okay, Right, Um, Like, and other distracting and repetitive words, phrases, verbal ticks or fillers. Slow down your pace to stop these.

  6. Avoid distracting gestures not appropriate to topic or content.

  7. Avoid poor eye contact or no eye contact.

  8. Stop visually annoying habits such as: lip biting, nose wrinkling, eye squinting, head scratching or ring twisting.

  9. Avoid habits that project insecurity such as: tossing or playing with your hair, adjusting your glasses or your clothing, having your hands in your pockets, playing with objects like a pen, a book or your notes.

  10. Avoid the "I'm sorry" stance with hunched shoulders.
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Limelight
Limelight (noun) 1. Flashy, currently fashionable, neon green color; 2. Theater reference lime melted over the scrim of a spotlight for stage to make the light the most bright and illuminated of all spotlights on the stage.

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