OK, you've done your preparation:
You know what you want to say. And you have a strong opening to catch the audience's attention.
You have hand-outs, visual aids or other props, ready and at hand. You have checked the equipment and it's working properly.
You have your breathing under control (see earlier blog on managing anxiety)
So you are going to read out verbatim from your prepared script, right?
Preparation is an essential element in public speaking. If you go into a room thinking you will wing it with an audience, you will probably crash - and will deserve to.
So good preparation. What's involved?