So, in my effort to continue to be the best presenter I can be, I read this book by Tony Jeary.
I sort of wish I'd read it a long time ago. As it is, I found it validating, in that I already do a lot of the things recommended here. Like scope out the room early to reduce the "surpirse" element, involve the audience, keep a "Presentations Arsenal" of quotes, stories, statistics, visuals, etc. to enhance your presentations.
But I did pick up a few new tips:
Tell the audience "why" your message is important. This focuses not only you, but the audience.
Start with a bang and get right to the meat of your message because "most audiences spend the first 3 minutes of the presentation sizing up the presenter."
Use "breathing spaces" to allow your audience an oportunity to reflect on what you've just said. This can be taking a sip of water, whipping out a great prop, asking for audience participation.
Make people feel smart, not stupid. In other words, don't ask them questions hoping they won't know the answer. Frame your information in a way that reduces that discomfort. "When possible, set your audience up to win."
Use an evaluation tool to not only help you improve your presentation in the future, but also to provide a takeaway to reinforce your message.
Happy presenting, all!