Live presentations are hotbeds of mind-numbing bad habits. Here’s how to distinguish yourself from the humdrum herd and leave your audience clamoring for more.

How do you prepare to speak at an event? If you haven’t done so in a long time, or just need a refresher, there are some key habits of successful speakers. Break free from the lectern. It’s a comfort zone where you know if you stand right there you’ll be safe, but by stepping away, you allow yourself to engage more fully with the audience. Scared you won’t remember your speech without your papers in front of you? Even by just standing next to, instead of behind, you can convey a stronger presence and your notes will only be a glance away. Check out more hidden secrets of great speakers here: