Department of Communication

Do's and Dont's of Delivery


Do try to find a style that work for you. Observe how others enact that style and practice the main features of their behavior.

Do be conversational and relaxed.

Do stand still, but not rigid.

Do make use of natural gestures.

Do fill the room with your volume.

Do speak clearly--make sure you pronounce and articulate your words crisply.

Do connect with the audience--make eye contact.

Do avoid vocalized pauses--you may think them, just don't put sound behind them.

Do vary your eye contact throughout the room.

Do vary pitch, rate, tone, and volume.

Do speak extemporaneously, unless the occasion demands otherwise. If you must read, do it with feeling.

Do make sure your emotional tone matches that of your speaking occasion.

Do control your tempo to fit the demands of the occasion.

Do use language that is appropriate for the audience.

Do be relaxed, but attentive.

Do Not

Do not fidget or pace.

Do not chew gum or tobacco.

Do not rock, kick, scratch, or bounce.

Do not "lecture" at the audience.

Do not only look at the instructor or select audience members.

Do not read your speech unless the occasion demands otherwise.

Do not stare into your manuscript if you must use one.

Do not stare at the floor, the ceiling, the window, or the door.

Do not begin speaking until your feet are firmly planted where you will be speaking.

Do not begin walking away until you are truly finished.

Do not use jargon.

Do not worry or apologize if you "mess up." Chances are the audience did not even notice.

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