It’s 4 p.m. on a mid-July afternoon, and yours is the last presentation of the day. Arrayed in front of you are 215 conference attendees, drowsy from the heat, the droning speakers and a late lunch. Your first assignment, should you accept it: keep them awake, which may seem to be an impossible mission. If they’re too out of it to focus on your presentation, they’ll never get into it. So as you roll into the remarks that you feel are so crucial to convey, consider these six ways to keep your audience attentive—or, at the least, conscious

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