Final comments: This speech is about you, (meaning, you obviously know the material well)---but, here's a strong reminder--you still need to practice. You want to be confident enough to be able to establish and maintain lots of eye contact throughout your presentation. This is not a reading assignment. Looking down too much will ruin your credibility. Think about your presentation as though you are having a conversation with the class. Stay connected with your audience, smile, speak at a conversational rate (not too fast, and not too slow) and sound as though you are enjoying yourself. Stand up straight, (don't lean on the podium, or slouch), keep your chin up and keep your voice at an audible level. Gesture occasionally and move deliberately. It is acceptable to stand quietly behind the podium instead of moving nervously about. No hats and no gum. Clothing should be comfortable and modest. Hairstyles should not cover your face. You might want to pin your hair back if it has the habit of falling in your face. You want to keep your hands away from your face and clothing while speaking. These movements are distracting and unnecessary.