Giving a Successful Presentation
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packed house – a very large audience that fills every seat in an auditorium or stadium; an event with very high attendance where every ticket has been sold or every seat has been taken * Musicians enjoy playing for a packed house because they can feel the energy of the large audience.
hit – something that is very successful and popular; something that did exactly what it was supposed to and is well-liked by everyone or almost everyone * The singer had a major hit back in 1997, but she hasn’t recorded any good songs since then.
to clamor – to ask for something in a very loud way; to make a lot of noise while demanding something or insisting on having something * All the kids were clamoring for more ice cream.
reception – the way something or someone is received; the way people react to someone or something * As the host, it’s my responsibility to give my guests a warm, inviting reception.
on the edge of (one’s) seat – very interested and eager to hear or see something; filled with anticipation to know what will happen or what will be said next * That movie was so exciting! We were on the edge of our seats for the entire two hours.
to gain traction – to have more success; to get better or faster; to begin to receive greater acceptance * After writing several journal articles, their ideas are finally beginning to gain traction among other researchers.
hooked – addicted; liking something and needing and wanting more of it * Which TV shows are you hooked on?
could have heard a pin drop – a phrase used to describe a situation where everyone is very quiet, usually because everyone is very interested in something and wants to hear what will happen next * In the moment before the award recipient was announced, everyone became very quiet and you could have heard a pin drop.