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Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

When we think of public speaking, the traditional image that comes to mind is a person standing in the front of a room full of people. At conference tables, on panels, and in other small venues, it can be considered awkward to stand when speaking. 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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Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

When we think of public speaking, the traditional image that comes to mind is a person standing in the front of a room full of people. At conference tables, on panels, and in other small venues, it can be considered awkward to stand when speaking. 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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Speaking with Authentic Authenticity

Speak and Deliver

Earlier this week, I spoke about Audiences with X-Ray Eyes & Ears , and the dangers of speaking on a topic you dont believe in. Some speakers, such as Scott the Nametag Guy, make their clothing a part of their brand. Instead, start by making eye contact. Another tip for your readers is to arrive at the speaking venue early and try to meet some of the people who will be in the audience.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

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Photos ( Zenfolio | Flickr ) Archives About Contact Dear Speakers By James Duncan Davidson on March 8, 2009 12:22 AM | 71 Comments Tagged: advice, speaking Last week, while shooting eComm 2009 in Burlingame, I started posting a set of thoughts on Twitter, all starting out Dear Speaker. If you dont make eye contact with your audience, you make it that much harder for them to connect to your message. Obviously, you should wear clothes that you are comfortable in on stage.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

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Keeping the audience eyes’ on you rather than their laptops benefits both you and the audience. Among other advice I might give, one thing I’ve done is to try and combat the unpredictability of cabin temperature — seems every flight is either too hot or too cold — by dressing in clothing suitable for both temperature ranges, usually something like Columbia Omni-Dry pants and a Nike Dri-Fit shirt. Make eye contact.

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