Eye contact

Pivotal Public Speaking

He appeared engaged and engaging. And there was one particular eye movement he has evidently mastered that takes much practice for most people (TV news anchors included). Rather, he cast only his eyes down, and then only briefly. This gives the illusion of not breaking eye contact since the full face is still visible to viewers. Tags: body language in public speaking public speaking eye contact

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement. Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. Engagement is more valuable than attention. Thinking in terms of engagement, rather than attention, has a number of benefits: 1.

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4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement. Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. Engagement is more valuable than attention. Thinking in terms of engagement, rather than attention, has a number of benefits: 1.

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

Audience members can easily contact you later. If you decide to go the web way, you can cut down the hard copy handout to one page with the most important points from your presentation, your contact details and the web address. The problem here is not the handout, it’s that your presentation is not engaging enough. Related posts: 8 presentation tips to make your eye contact more powerful.

How to keep to time during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Instead open with a relevant and engaging story which leads into your first main point. Related posts: 8 presentation tips to make your eye contact more powerful. Photo credit: zoutedrop. Do you regularly go over time when you’re delivering a presentation? If a time limit has been set for your presentation, then it’s your responsibility to finish it within that time. Consider it as part of the contract between you and your audience.

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Analysis of a Speech by Phil Davison

Manner of Speaking

He makes good eye contact and his voice is strong but measured – at least until he mentions his degree in communications. 2:35 – 3:00 He tried to engage the audience by asking what drastic time s require, and this was good. The video below has be en spreading like wildfire on the Internet. It is a short speech by Phil Davison, a Republican ca ndidate for the position of Treasurer in Stark County, Ohio.

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

The savvy presenter knows that practicing active listening skills is a powerful way to engage an audience. make eye contact to show interest. provide non-verbal clues, such as nodding or smiling, to show that you're engaged in the discussion. When you see a list of skills a presenter should cultivate, listening isn't usually one that's near the top. For presenters, there is more focus on the mouth than the ears.

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How to recover from a nightmare speaking experience

Speaking about Presenting

That allows me to just get on with delivering my presentation and engaging with people. If they’re not confident they may not even make eye contact with you. For example, in our Introduction to Presenting course which is tailored for nervous beginners I know that some participants are unlikely to make eye contact with me during the first hour. Photo credit: Roger Smith. Getting no feedback from your audience is hard.

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Presentation Tip: Say It Again, With Feeling

Professionally Speaking...

Extreme familiarity with your content can cause you to sound like a robot as you deliver your remarks from memory; however, it can also give you the comfort and security to free you up to be fully engaged with your audience. So you can watch facial expressions, make eye contact, pick up on side comments made by audience members and invite questions confidently. I am a volunteer docent at the U.S.

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Presentation Barriers: Physical

Professionally Speaking...

We have enough challenges in engaging an audience without imposing a physical element that our message needs to travel through. The speaker must keep pace with the scrolling text and that makes eye contact with the audience challenging and likely fleeting. Minimize the teleprompter barrier by knowing the speech well enough that you can make eye contact with the audience beyond just darting glances.

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Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Half of the speakers seemed to have better projection, better stage presence and an overall more engaging presentation, while the other half of the presentations seemed less effective. Eye contact with the room 4. Eyes down or looking at a place between speaker and audience 3. Start with your posture , tall, relaxed and open, facing the audience with your feet squared and your eyes forward. Keep your head up and your eyes out.

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Presentation Skills for Executives

Professionally Speaking...

Assess how you show up by videotaping your presentations and analyzing tone of voice, demeanor , eye contact, body language and authenticity. Stories provide context, engage an audience, make the message memorable and give the executive a more conversational, down-to-earth tone. Keep eye contact front and center on your to-do list. Good presentation skills are good presentation skills, no matter what position or title you hold.right? Well, yes.and no.

Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

Yet the cast was as fresh and energetic and engaging last weekend as if it were the first performance. practice sufficiently so that you know your material well, allowing you, during the presentation, to focus on your tone of voice and eye contact. Last weekend I went to see A Little Night Music on Broadway with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. It was an absolutely stunning production and the two headline stars (as well as everybody else) were superb.

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8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, assertiveness comes in handy when negotiating the details of your speaking engagements, when requesting your room to be set up a certain way, when dealing with challenging audience members, when standing up for your ideas in a meeting, and when responding to requests or client projects that are not a good fit for you. Make eye contact, keep your voice calm and your posture relaxed and confident.

Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Half of the speakers seemed to have better projection, better stage presence and an overall more engaging presentation, while the other half of the presentations seemed less effective. Eye contact with the room 4. Eyes down or looking at a place between speaker and audience 3. Start with your posture , tall, relaxed and open, facing the audience with your feet squared and your eyes forward. Keep your head up and your eyes out.

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9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Before the engagement 1. At the engagement 5. Make eye contact. Another pair of eyes will help you find the mistakes you're overlooking. After the engagement 9. You may not be a professional speaker, but there's no reason not to act like one.

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8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, assertiveness comes in handy when negotiating the details of your speaking engagements, when requesting your room to be set up a certain way, when dealing with challenging audience members, when standing up for your ideas in a meeting, and when responding to requests or client projects that are not a good fit for you. Make eye contact, keep your voice calm and your posture relaxed and confident.

Do it with the lights on

Speak Schmeak

Still, I was hoping for engaging, passionate speakers who were able to convey their ideas clearly, and only a couple delivered. There's no eye contact. The emcees don't have to be as engaging as the speakers; that's not why we are attending. Tags: Technology Speakers Preparation Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings I spent Saturday morning attending the first Santa Barbara area TEDx event.

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Do it with the lights on: TEDxSB Part 1

Speak Schmeak

Still, I was hoping for engaging, passionate speakers who were able to convey their ideas clearly, and only a couple delivered. There's no eye contact. The emcees don't have to be as engaging as the speakers; that's not why we are attending. Technology Speakers Preparation Engaging the Audience Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and ClosingsI spent Saturday morning attending the first Santa Barbara area TEDx event.

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Kinesics « Elizabethkuhnke's Blog

Kuhnke Communication

Elizabethkuhnke's Blog Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Home About Elizabeth Festive Party Tips Web Presentations Kinesics Posted by: Kuhnke Communication on: November 23, 2010 In: Body Language | Lifestyle Comment! Matching the action to the word adds authenticity to your message and engages your audience on a physical level. If you want to demonstrate interest, for example, establish eye contact with your listener, relax your mouth and tilt your head slightly.

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9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Before the engagement 1. At the engagement 5. Make eye contact. Another pair of eyes will help you find the mistakes you're overlooking. After the engagement 9. You may not be a professional speaker, but there's no reason not to act like one.

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The passionate scientist: Doing Q&A like Neil deGrasse Tyson

Presentation Zen

One of the keys to a natural, conversational approach includes removing all barriers to natural communication with the audience, barriers such as reading off notes, standing behind a lectern, using jargon, failing to make good eye contact, and speaking too softly or in a language that is formal, stiff, or fails to appeal to the audience's emotion and natural curiosity. Notice how he uses his body, and voice, and eye contact, etc.

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Even presentations by accountants can be fun

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

His delivery was engaging: Despite using a script, he made excellent eye contact with us all, used appropriate gestures and vocal variety and he responded well to audience comments and questions. I heard a great presentation this morning in Southampton. I was attending the 4N Networking group and had the pleasure of hearing local accountant David Anderson give a ten minute insight slot on how to use tour financial reports to improve your business.

Conversational Coolers and Warmers

The Communication Blog

They make little or no nonverbal contact, avoiding eye contact or touching. The Egoist This conversational cooler is self-focused and engages in conversation without concern for the other participants. Conversational warmers are other-focused and engage the other person in real dialogue; they really want to hear what you have to say and you can tell from their facial expressions, focused eye contact, and learning posture.

C-Span: Social media hasn't come to Congress

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  There is no eye contact.    Yet, they make no attempt to engage the American people in a conversation.  C-Span outs lousy speakers.    And there are plenty of them in Congress.    Social media, which holds communication is simply a conversation, hasn't come to the floor on which these leaders orate.    There is a set text, usually with cliche images and phrases, which they read from. 

Developing a passion for what you are presenting

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

The most engaging presenters are those who are both knowledgeable and passionate about their content. We can tell that they are passionate because of things like their animation, energy, vocal variety, eye contact and enthusiasm. Start by seeing yourself giving the presentation, sounding and looking enthusiastic, passionate and engaged.

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If you want to be good at sales, you need to learn how to present

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Engage with confident eye contact. In my book, presentation skills and selling skills go hand and hand. The principles of effective selling will help you to produce powerful persuasive presentation and the principles of great presenting will help you sell much better face to face. Almost every type of presentation is about persuasion. You want your audience to do something as a result of your presentation.

New! Get the 'Step Up Your Speaking' newsletter

The Eloquent Woman

I'm launching a new monthly newsletter, Step Up Your Speaking. Every month, you'll get a free, dense-packed issue focused on one aspect of public speaking, so you can have all of The Eloquent Woman's tips on that topic in one convenient place.

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Public Speaking – 5 Powerful Tips for Persuasive and Captivating Presentations

Pivotal Public Speaking

Although public speaking techniques are invaluable for giving speeches, presentations are more interactive and often require facilitating audience engagement. This is achieved by creating the proper setting, or [context], which engages your audience as part of your presentation. …Communication is an emotional contact sport. Enroll the Audience: Enrolling questions are questions that engage listeners into participation. Let’s face it.

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Can you change the world in 15 minutes?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Otherwise, we listen, and we even engage intellectually, but we don’t change our minds fundamentally.    And finally, in the delivery section, he makes good (if rather basic) points about eye contact, but strays into dangerous territory when he tells people to “exaggerate” as a way of making your presentation more interesting. 

New way to weigh in on Eloquent Woman blog posts

The Eloquent Woman

Readers have a host of questions about the most important part of body language: eye contact. So we offered 5 eye contact tips for speakers , a perennially popular post. Their tips cover Q&A, intros, practice, breathing, audience engagement, pacing and more. Look at the bottom of any blog post on The Eloquent Woman and you'll now see a new way to weigh in: Checkboxes that let you say "will try this," "afraid to try this," or "inspiring!"

What Makes a Great Graduation Speech

SlideModel

Continuity will not only help you prepare your speech more easily, but it will help keep your audience engaged throughout the presentation. A great way to make this happen, is by creating a very particular PowerPoint Presentation that can be really eye-catching and creative.

An extemporaneous marvel of a speech

The Eloquent Woman

As she does so, she sees and makes eye contact with a large crowd, and gestures to make them feel included. Her engagement with the audience: Watch for the pop quiz, which involves the audience in demonstrating research findings on sleep deprivation. Ashley Merryman: On Parenting from PopTech on Vimeo.

How to Deliver a First-Rate Online Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

Increasingly public speakers and presenters are finding themselves presenting to online audiences.audiences they can't see or make eye contact with. If you’ve made a presentation to an online audience you’ve no doubt noticed that connecting with and engaging that audience can be challenging. It’s good to set the tone for an interactive session by engaging your audience early.

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Breaking Bad Habits in Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

The annoying behavior videotape exposes may be avoiding eye contact with the audience, clenching hands into fists, using an abundance of filler words [ um , ah , like , you know ], putting hands in and out of pockets, absentmindedly fidgeting with glasses, hair or jewelry. If, for example, you're not making frequent and meaningful eye contact with the audience, choose to work on this before you move on to eradicating ums and ahs.

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Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Last year, I had the pleasure of working with Rui and João when I spoke at the Effective Communication 2010 conference in Porto, Portugal. Whenever I have a speaking engagement in a new location, I can usually find a pictures of the room in which I will be speaking online, particularly if the event is being held in a hotel. Eye contact will be important. Of course, you can’t make eye contact with every person in an audience of that size.

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Establishing a Connection

Kuhnke Communication

Engage with your listeners before your meeting or presentation. Establishing eye contact translates as credibility. TECHNICAL: Research shows that holding eye contact is important to establish a connection. CAUTION: Be aware that in some cultures sustained direct eye contact is considered disrespectful.

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Why Do We Fear Public Speaking?

Executive Speech Coach

Friday, September 03, 2010 Why Do We Fear Public Speaking? Keep your hand down and avoid eye contact. Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging Have you ever seen people talking to or yelling at the TV? Because they are engaged. ▼ 2010 (76) ► December (7) How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective.

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Stand Tall

Kuhnke Communication

This in turn tells you how best to engage with them. If you walk into your boss’s office and she’s hunched over her desk avoiding eye contact with you, wait to be invited to speak. Elizabethkuhnke's Blog Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Home About Elizabeth Networking with a difference 6 Ways to Spot a Liar Stand Tall Posted by: Kuhnke Communication on: March 15, 2011 In: Body Language | Communication | Listening Comment!

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8 Powerful Public Speaking Tips

Executive Speech Coach

Saturday, July 24, 2010 8 Powerful Public Speaking Tips When it’s your turn to stand up and speak to an audience, whether it is a room of five or an auditorium of hundreds, you can speak confidently and effectively when you use these eight powerful public speaking tips. Engaging Opening The opening to your presentation must grab the attention of your audience and establish rapport. Too long a glance is intrusive - too short can appear shifty-eyed.

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8 Presentation Flaws that Steal Your Money

Executive Speech Coach

Sunday, April 18, 2010 8 Presentation Flaws that Steal Your Money Why should you care about your presentation skills? Lack of eye contact If you won’t look at me, why should I listen or believe you? Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging Have you ever seen people talking to or yelling at the TV? Because they are engaged. ▼ 2010 (76) ► December (7) How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective.

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Don't Sacrifice the Eyes

Green Room Speakers

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Dont Sacrifice the Eyes Yesterday I led a presentation skills training for a group of nonprofit fundraisers. As we practiced "connection techniques" (ways to use voice, body language, and eyes to connect with the listener), one participant asked, "Many times, we have to make phone calls to people we dont know. While so much is lost in non-live exchange, perhaps the greatest sacrifice is eye contact.

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Power Presentations Tip 32: Smart Practice

Executive Speech Coach

Monday, April 12, 2010 Power Presentations Tip 32: Smart Practice Power Presentations Tip 32: Smart Practice Rehearse your presentation Practice doesnt make you perfect. Make a point of rehearsing your eye movement to make eye contact with everyone in your audience. Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging Have you ever seen people talking to or yelling at the TV? Because they are engaged.