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Good advice, Pete.

You've written: "Do this early in your remarks -- so it doesn't seem like an afterthought."

The only thing I would add to this is to not put the thank you in your opening. I find that when people open up with "First, I want to say I appreciate your business" or "I'd like to say how much I appreciate your hospitality here today", it has less impact. It seems almost as if they are saying "Okay, I'm going to get the obligatory thank-you out of the way early, and then really get on with my talk."

Instead, I'd put the thank-you later (certainly not at the end of the talk either). And, no matter what, the "thank you" needs to be delivered without notes and projecting all the sincerity in the world.

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