Get the auditor focused on YOU by removing every distraction... Simple things that should be done: Wear clothing appropriate to what you're doing! Empty your noisy pockets! Keep the chit-chat to a minimum! Get those five minutes organized before you go in! And remember to use all your gestures, expression & movement in support of your monolog - not as a distraction! The most knowledgeable people forget this, and it still amazes me.