12 Public Speaking Tips for Introverts

How to Connect With Your Audience & Lighten Your Load

12. Take the Pulse of the Audience

Ask for a “quick show of hands” to find out what they’re thinking. Be sure to respond and adapt to what you learn from them (also poll the audience in advance whenever it’s feasible).

If thinking on your feet is not your forte, arrive prepared to take your presentation in several different directions. And to build those thinking-on-your-feet muscles, consider taking an improv class.