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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

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At one time or another, we all need to speak in public. Whether you speak before three people or a room of 200, the most important thing to remember when speaking in public is "be ...

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At one time or another, we all need to speak in public. Whether you speak before three people or a room of 200, the most important thing to remember when speaking in public is "be prepared."

Here are some tips to help you develop and deliver a more dynamic speech.

* Know your audience and gear the speech for them.

* Remember to write for the ear. Writing a speech is very different than writing any other publishable piece.

* Rehearse, Rehearse, and Rehearse. Know the speech well enough so that you only need to consult your notes occasionally.

* Be as lively and animated as possible. The more upbeat you are, the more likely you will capture your audience's attention.

* Look at each person in the room and make eye contact.

* Remember your appearance is just as important as how you deliver the speech. Wear conservative attire to communicate authority and trust. For example, wear a navy or dark suite with a pastel-colored shirt. Don't wear anything that will distract from your presentation, like dangling earring or big bright colored ties.

* Use your nervous energy to present your speech with energy and intensity. This will help you get your message across and persuade your audience to your point of view.

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Hilary JM Topper, MPA August 2001