1. Speak clearly. Make sure your audience can hear what you are saying. All that work and time you put into preparing a piece will fall apart if nobody can decipher your words. Some things that hinder enunciation are talking too fast, mumbling, chewing on gum, etc. If you want to work on speaking clearly, try practicing your piece real slow. REAL SLOW. Like, focus on each word and say it outloud without even thinking about the words that come before or after it. It also helps to practice in front of a friend who is listening for any hiccups or unclear words.
2. Eye contact. Even if you’re reading from a page, make sure to look up at the audience every now and then. Try to avoid the sprinkler effect where your gaze goes back and forth from the right side of the room to the left side of the room. The point of eye contact is to make a physical connection with your audience that goes beyond the words coming out of your mouth. To ground yourself, maybe find two or three people spread out in the crowd to specifically look at. This way, you’re guaranteed a connection with that specific person and you have a few places to focus without haphazardly looking around the room.