Comment: Open with an "attention grabber"

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Open with an "attention grabber"

Audiences in general, not you personally - people don't care who you are or why you are talking until they are sure they are interested in what you are talking about. A joke, an eye popping graph or something like that. Pick something that excites you to open with, let them see your enthusiasm, then work the story of who you are in to the general narrative.
Work on losing the "Um." You do really well, I am hyper aware of it because my parents harped on me about it. It is usually a "thought gathering" habit, people are OK with a moment of quiet but bits of verbal "information" that do not inform tend to distract.
Most of all, keep plugging. You do really well, and you have a really good message!

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