Eye Contact is the Key to an Effective Presentation

Presentation Guru

How do you build rapport during any conversation, let alone presentation? Eye contact. But have you ever tried concentrating on establishing and holding eye contact? … Authenticity Bitesize Build Real Impact Body Language Eye contact

The 5-step cure for boring body language

Speaking about Presenting

Could your body language be more expressive? Do you inhibit your natural body language when you’re public speaking because of your self-consciousness? Here’s what to do to develop natural, expressive body language when you’re speaking: 1.

Use Your Body Language to Rock Your Next Presentation

SlideModel

In fact, body language and your actions during a presentation actually makes a massive difference in your chances of successfully convincing your audience of your ideas. The four major pieces that impact body language are: Your eyes.

From the vault: Is eye contact good or bad? 5 tips for speakers

The Eloquent Woman

After I published a guest post on body language , these commenters wonder whether the eyes have it--or not. I often wonder how much eye contact is passable, professionally. Use eye contact to emphasize an important point. eye contact gestures

“Single-Task” Your Way to Presentation Success

DeFinis Communications

Multi-tasking, a word no one used a few decades ago, is now firmly ensconced in our everyday language and has become a way of life for many of us. Sending a text, writing a document, surfing the net, making dinner, feeding the dog, and having a conversation can all happen simultaneously.

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Listening: A Core Communication Skill

DeFinis Communications

I’m sure she believes she’s using effective active listening skills and showing others that she is involved and interested in the conversation, but from the other side of the table it is a turn off. ! Here are few suggestions: Face the other person and look directly in their eyes.

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Body Language Quick Takes 4 – How to tell when you’re disconnected

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  It’s the kind of listening that really means the other parties are just thinking up what they’re going to say next, if they’re on the same conversational planet at all. What are the body language signs of fake listening?    The eye contact is too fixed, and too still.    Watch the rest of the body.    Is the other party in constant motion, in fact, never quite coming to rest during the conversation

20 body language myths debunked

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Thanks to Suzanne Smith, who sent a very interesting list of 20 “defensive” and “positive and powerful” body language tips.    "Defensive Body Language Tips" 1. Unblinking eye contact can be intimidating. Essentially you are staring someone down until they look away. •     Yes, too much eye contact can be intimidating.  Turn your body at an angle to squeeze an uninvited guest out.

Fact & fiction about body language 3: Do movement & gestures distract?

Max Atkinson

An hour or two ago, I was one of those interviewed on a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language - which can now be heard (for the next 7 days) HERE. Thanks - and an apology to the BBC!

Personal power and body language - part 7 in decoding body language

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Soon the two hapless public figures were crouched with their heads nearly between their knees, trying to carry on a serious conversation. They make more eye contact, or less, depending on their choice. In fact, they dominate the eye contact and the physical touch — all the ballet of the second conversation.   Powerful people may withdraw physically from a conversation, controlling its tempo and showing their power with this ability.

Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

He develops the body of his presentation with a series of touch points, including analogies, metaphors, stories, data, statistics, and humor. Visual Aids: Jobs’ visual aids are the opposite of the dense eye charts we so often see in typical technical presentations.

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Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

Meryl’s delivery combined a certain degree of formality with the most charming attributes of good conversation.

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Obama “On Fire” in Iowa

DeFinis Communications

I like to think that these three elements correspond to the use of our body, our voice, and words. Physical Presence: When speaking, Obama was erect, leaned slightly forward, and made direct eye contact. Distinctive language: He used concise sentences.

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When and How to Break Rapport

Kuhnke Communication

Some people get so good at creating rapport with others that conversation flows too fluently and they forget how to bring it to a close. Break eye contact. Look away more often, while maintaining the conversation. Stop matching both movements and conversation flow.

Secretary Geithner - 7 Communications Lessons

Matt Eventoff

This was an opportunity for Secretary Geithner to talk directly to the public, in more of a conversation and less of a presentation and quell a bit of the panic and fear. Dr. Jeffrey Feldman has written a great article on framing this issue , as well as the importance of language and metaphors when framing this issue. Body Language Matters, Pt. Click here to view the embedded video. Click here to view the embedded video.

A Pint Size Plan to Help Your Kids Study Public Speaking Skills

DeFinis Communications

When teaching young children the fundamentals of public speaking there are two important areas you can work on every day: Vocal skills and body language. . Teach Body Language. · Take turns standing up and reading a page out loud : This is a wonderful activity to do with your children but it may be too stimulating to do right before bed. Ask them to open their arms away from their body and use big gestures. Part 2 of 2 . .

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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. The power of conversation can only be truly realized in a live format. Take the time to meet face to face and make sustained, direct eye contact.

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5 Ways To Make A Bigger Impact At Meetings

Professionally Speaking...

Be Aware of Your Body Language Make sure your body language communicates what you want it to as people read a great deal into what they see. Maintain eye contact both when you are speaking and when you are listening.

You don't need a stage to need stage presence

Speak Schmeak

I was recently contacted by a woman who manages a small team of young, inexperienced salespeople. Another person avoids eye contact. You're making eye contact. Now imagine how this conversation would have gone if you were present.

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Presenting Yourself: The Elevator Speech

Professionally Speaking...

Watch your body language. Make eye contact and smile. Practice, practice and then practice some more [2-3 times a week] so that you sound completely conversational.

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8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

Whether it was figuring out how to turn down friend requests on Facebook, or saying no to a request for free assistance or a business partnership, the issue of "hurting people's feelings" reared its head and interfered with a perfectly normal and neutral business conversation.

Can Using Presentation Skills Help You Keep the Peace this Thanksgiving?

DeFinis Communications

Yet even with our mild mannered guests, conversations can get awkward. Here are a few presentation skills tips that you can apply to your dinner conversations to help you keep the peace. When someone is expressing a strong opinion: Maintain eye contact: You will show respect and interest when you look at the person speaking. Use friendly, open body language: Make sure you turn towards the speaker, sit upright and keep your hands and arms uncrossed.

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8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

Whether it was figuring out how to turn down friend requests on Facebook, or saying no to a request for free assistance or a business partnership, the issue of "hurting people's feelings" reared its head and interfered with a perfectly normal and neutral business conversation.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

I heard about a speaker who started a business presentation by showing a photo of himself in an apron with a woman’s body in a bikini painted on. In one and one conversation, you can consciously match your conversation partner’s body language to build rapport.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

I heard about a speaker who started a business presentation by showing a photo of himself in an apron with a woman’s body in a bikini painted on. In one and one conversation, you can consciously match your conversation partner’s body language to build rapport.

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. Read through the script enough times to become familiar with the pacing and language. Keep eye contact front and center on your to-do list.

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Level 2: Next time you're in a conversation, listen and hear what the other person is saying Maybe it's not hard for you to focus on a speaker, even if they're boring or grating. Focus on a single person in conversation. Don't start listening in on the conversation at the next table.

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How to make a good (or bad) presentation

Presentation Zen

Tdhe point is to share their ideas based on their real-life experience and to get a conversation started, a discussion that will last the entire semester. This semester I''m teaching three classes on presentation for undergraduates at my university in Japan.

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Language

Speaking Of...

Beyond the elaborate and artful food presentation, which the Japanese, among other cultures, are known for, was the dinner time conversation. How do those of us fluent in English communicate with audiences whose first language is not English?

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Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

It gives you authority, it helps the audience pay better attention, and your eye contact and body language are more accessible to the group. Are you on a raised stage, or are you at eye level with the audience? However, if the panel is not on a stage, and you're seated at eye level with the audience, and there are more than 20 or 30 people in the room, then you should stand.

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One Simple Mind Game That Can Make You Feel Better About Public Speaking…

More than PowerPoint...

He enters into conversations with ease, even with strangers. He encourages other people to tell stories with his eye contact and body language. People say they’re scared of public speaking, but are they really? I see these people speak in public all the time. They’re relaxed, confident — and they seem to be enjoying themselves. Take a friend of mine. Let’s call him Greg, because that’s his name.

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Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

It gives you authority, it helps the audience pay better attention, and your eye contact and body language are more accessible to the group. Are you on a raised stage, or are you at eye level with the audience?

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The Power Presenter: 3 Tips That Transformed My Last Presentation

Duarte Blog

I have a bad habit of pacing, scanning the room instead of having “real” eye contact, and for some reason I hold my hands behind my back. Eye Contact + Reach Out = Animation. and “I don’t like that person; he’s shifty-eyed!”.

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Weather-crisis Fatigue: Sandy isn't a bonding force

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  No facial gesture or bit of body language invited conversation.   The few folks at Barnes & Noble Cafe which could plug their laptops into an outlet didn't make eye contact when we asked if we could recharge ours, even just for 15 minutes. 

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Chairman Blankfein, Code Pink & Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

He was conscious of his body language and his choice to pause for a few seconds prior to addressing the protesters was excellent. Conversations work - Mr. Blankfein was able to effectively negotiate the protesters off of the stage because he listened. People who are unbelievably conversational, warm, and engaging become robotic, stiff and flat when stepping on stage or up to a podium.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Level 2: Next time you're in a conversation, listen and hear what the other person is saying Maybe it's not hard for you to focus on a speaker, even if they're boring or grating. Focus on a single person in conversation. Don't start listening in on the conversation at the next table. Are you giving appropriate emotional subtext (and congruent body language) to your words? Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet?

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New way to weigh in on Eloquent Woman blog posts

The Eloquent Woman

This blog's all about the preparation, and the Checklist for the Whole Speaker post -- a list that considers your intent, content, mind, body, wardrobe and technology before you set out to speak -- is a perennial favorite. 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.

How do you connect with your audience? -- Part I

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Every communication is two conversations – content and body language.   Body language is where connection happens.     So how do you connect with an audience through body language? Walk down the street in a small town, and note when you make eye contact with approaching strangers and when they make eye contact with you. First of 3 blogs on connecting with your audience.

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

Use natural gestures – a lot of people think that when they have to use body language they go out of their way to use exaggerated-Jim-Carrey-like movements. Connect with your audience - you need to be able to connect with your audience through your words and through eye contact. Know How to Deliver Your Speech – seems obvious, but you should make sure that you sound as natural and as conversational as possible.

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8 Powerful Public Speaking Tips

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Direct Eye Contact Dont speak at the audience - instead speak directly to each individual in the audience by making eye contact with each one in the audience. Too long a glance is intrusive - too short can appear shifty-eyed. Use Words they Understand Speak in the language of your listeners. Body language can convey em.

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What our entrants want to improve

The Eloquent Woman

Often a more aggressive speaker will interrupt me and hijack the conversation so that I don’t get to finish my point." Eyes on eye contact: Those audience members!

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

Use natural gestures – a lot of people think that when they have to use body language they go out of their way to use exaggerated-Jim-Carrey-like movements. Connect with your audience - you need to be able to connect with your audience through your words and through eye contact. Know How to Deliver Your Speech – seems obvious, but you should make sure that you sound as natural and as conversational as possible.

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32 Essential Skills Every Humorous Speaker Should Have

Pro Humorist

Use natural gestures – a lot of people think that when they have to use body language they go out of their way to use exaggerated-Jim-Carrey-like movements. Connect with your audience - you need to be able to connect with your audience through your words and through eye contact. Know How to Deliver Your Speech – seems obvious, but you should make sure that you sound as natural and as conversational as possible.

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