Eye contact is an important tool of connection. In our daily interactions, we use direct eye contact to show we are listening, convey feelings, express our emotions, display interest, and communicate attraction. In front of an audience, eye contact is quite different. The conversation is primarily one-sided, which can be an uncomfortable scenario for some … Read On >
Category: Public Speaking
A client needs WOW to secure a commitment. That does not happen if the presenter does not know how to make the presentation stand out.
Feedback helps speakers understand what strengths they have and any areas of improvement needed. One of the best ways to grow your presentation skills is doing dry runs of your speech or workshop in front of an audience of colleagues. So when it’s your turn to observe, the act of giving feedback might feel awkward … Read On >
The Perception Often, we think of great speakers as people who are personable, funny, and extroverted. Just because you might be introverted, doesn’t mean you can’t feel empowered when you deliver a speech. But it’s introverts who spend a great deal of time studying the material and thinking through the details beforehand. In this way, … Read On >
He walked toward me at the end of a productive workshop. Shaking my hand, he asked question that was very familiar to me, one I often hear after teaching a public speaking class. Fidgeting with a notebook and a pen, he said “I learned so much. I can’t help but want to go home and … Read On >
Mispronouncing a familiar word can convey to a listener that you are not as knowledgeable as s/he might think you are.
Choosing the right word will guarantee that you will convey exactly what you mean, whereas choosing the incorrect word can sound wrong or can change the meaning of the statement. When do you use “input” or “enter”? What about the difference between “back-up” or “replacement”? How about “fix” or “resolve”? Ensure that words and expressions you … Read On >
How you design your presentation can determine the success of the messages you want to share with your audience. This includes your visuals, from photos to graphs and charts. According to a study from Microsoft Corp, people lose concentration after only eight seconds. The information in this week’s email can help you create engaging presentations … Read On >
Your Voice’s Quality & Power How you use your voice can determine the success of your presentation. This includes your vocal quality and use of pauses or silence. The information in this week’s email applies to Public Speaking as much as it applies to your small-group interactions and phone calls. The listener can learn a … Read On >