Over at her blog, Notorious PhD shares tips for novice speakers who would like to give "a polished presentation." For one thing, she says, it's important to dress the part, no matter the venue. At many meetings, "you don't need to wear a tie, but you should at least tuck in your shirt," Notorious PhD says.

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