Tips For Toasters: Delivery
People fear public speaking. Here are a few things to remember: everyone in the audience is happy they are not the one speaking. They understand that you are not a professional and are probably nervous. Don’t be afraid if you might get emotional--natural emotions will win over your audience.
Here is a good strategy for being comfortable in front of a large group: talk to one person at a time. Look directly at one person for the first sentence (or first few words). Slowly change your gaze to someone in another part of the room for another phrase or two. Cover the entire room, front to back, left to right, in no particular order. Practice this in normal conversation, and you will feel much more comfortable in front of a large group.