12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our first challenge: Make Eye Contact. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group. Eye contact is an uncomfortable and extremely intimate aspect of speaking for many people, but it's critical to making the human connection with your audience. You will engage a stranger by asking a question.

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our first challenge: Make Eye Contact. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group. Eye contact is an uncomfortable and extremely intimate aspect of speaking for many people, but it's critical to making the human connection with your audience. You will engage a stranger by asking a question.

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Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine having an audience truly engaged from your first word to your last, because you know without a doubt that you’re delivering the information they find most useful. While some people may think that having technology front and center during a presentation (aside from PowerPoint™) would be too distracting and hard to manage, there are technology tools that make engagement much easier. Need more audience engagement?

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4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

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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.

Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine having an audience truly engaged from your first word to your last, because you know without a doubt that you’re delivering the information they find most useful. While some people may think that having technology front and center during a presentation (aside from PowerPoint™) would be too distracting and hard to manage, there are technology tools that make engagement much easier. Need more audience engagement?

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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.

Nine awesome techniques for managing presentation and public speaking nerves

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

The more they can imagine seeing, hearing and feeling success in their minds eye, the more effective a speaker they tend to be in reality. Aim to make and hold good eye contact with your audience. Not only will this make them feel more engaged but it will also provide you with valuable feedback on how well your presentation strategy is working. Look out at the audience through their eyes, feeling the confidence that say seem to naturally posses.

Are you a flabby speaker?

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You''re not starting from scratch, learning the basics of engaging the audience, moving your body effectively, making eye contact, telling stories, and all those things that are complicated and scary for beginners. Analogies Athletes Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes Taking Risks The Business of Speaking

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Presentation Myths

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So many businesspeople who are tasked with making presentations, even at senior levels, have never had any formal training in how to engage an audience, manage anxiety and get a message across effectively. Myth :: Look at a point just over the audience’s heads and they will think you''re making eye contact with them. Reality :: Unless your audience has their collective eyes closed, it will be pretty easy to see that you''re not looking anyone in the eye.

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3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations

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Now showing emotion and having varied facial expressions when we deliver our presentations is a great way to keep our audience engaged and communicate that we are fully present and involved. But there are times, both when delivering a presentation and when watching one, that a neutral face is a very useful technique. The neutral face is pleasant and attentive with strong eye contact and relaxed facial muscles.

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Free Presentation Skills Assessment

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They make the speech or presentation interesting, engaging and memorable. Jim Harvey , my co-founder of Presentation Guru , and I have been developing a comprehensive questionnaire to help people assess their level of skill when it comes to presentation skills and public speaking.

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Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

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The savvy presenter knows that practicing active listening skills is a powerful way to engage an audience. Try these techniques to show your audience you really do care about and value their thoughts: as audience members make comments or ask questions, don't finish their sentences -- be respectful and wait until the person has finished before you respond. make eye contact to show interest.

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Free Presentation Skills Assessment

Manner of Speaking

They make the speech or presentation interesting, engaging and memorable. Jim Harvey , my co-founder of Presentation Guru , and I have been developing a comprehensive questionnaire to help people assess their level of skill when it comes to presentation skills and public speaking.

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In Presentations, Normal Isn't The Same As Effective

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Making continual eye contact with the audience to engage them and read their reactions. PowerPoint Presentation Tips and Techniques presentations the new normal New normal is a frequently heard phrase these days, describing everything from the tough economy to instability in the Middle East to the make-up of the modern family. I''m thinking maybe it''s time for a new normal in presentations because the old normal isn''t working very well.

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5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

I had been eyeing the Vitamix for years, and I knew that Costco regularly held "road shows" for the blender. He flipped switches and turned dials, barely looking at the machine, so he could maintain eye contact with his audience. Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesOn Saturday, I paid a visit to my local Costco. I walked in for a package of kitchen sponges, and walked out with a Vitamix. Okay, it wasn't really that simple.

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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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New Tools for Your Presentation Toolbox

Professionally Speaking...

Just like a carpenter has a box of tools, each appropriate for a certain job, we speakers have access to a presentation tool kit filled with things that can help us to better communicate our message and engage our audiences. Some of these tools are techniques we draw on like eye contact, body language, stories and voice inflection. PowerPoint Presentation Tips and Techniques Diagrammer Nancy Duarte PollToGo PowerPoint presentations

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5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

Speak Schmeak

I had been eyeing the Vitamix for years, and I knew that Costco regularly held "road shows" for the blender. He flipped switches and turned dials, barely looking at the machine, so he could maintain eye contact with his audience. Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesOn Saturday, I paid a visit to my local Costco. I walked in for a package of kitchen sponges, and walked out with a Vitamix. Okay, it wasn't really that simple.

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Presentation Lessons from the Tonys

Professionally Speaking...

The award presenters had limited ability to be creative or engaging as their job was to read the words on the teleprompter accurately and in as little time as possible. make eye contact with the audience. THE RECIPIENTS The award recipients had much more ability to be creative and engaging in their acceptance remarks. make eye contact. Award shows are filled with presentation lessons thanks to the quantity of presenters and variety of styles.

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December 12for12 Challenge: Put it all together

Speak Schmeak

We've been building "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Waaaaay back in January, we started out with practicing eye contact, and we've attacked every possible confidence challenge along the way. First of all, do you have speaking engagements on your calendar?

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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. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations U.S. I am a volunteer docent at the U.S.

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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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Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

I watched the production from two perspectives: a regular theatre-goer, immersed in the story and music and a presentation trainer, observing the actors' techniques. I have written before (see links below) about the many lessons a business presenter can learn from a stage actor -- techniques like blocking, care of voice, how to evoke emotions, rigorous rehearsal and the value of a story line.

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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.

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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How to Become Great in Public Speaking: Presenting Best Practices

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We talk to the public anytime we engage in a discussion with someone else. Researchers found that humans perceive prolonged eye watching as an existential threat. So did a watchful eye of a predatory animal. Maintain Eye Contact with the Audience.

Lights, Camera, Action! Presentation Skills for Virtual Delivery

DeFinis Communications

Finally, position your camera at eye level for a straight-on view of you. Developing a “story” that engages listeners and pulls people into the topic requires having not only a forceful message but also a well-organized structure that’s logical and easy to follow.

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Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I love using the delivery techniques I learned—the gestures, posture, eye contact, slowing down and pausing.”. “I’m Understand the audience and use techniques to engage them. Use engagement questions such as, “I know what you’re thinking” and “You’re probably wondering.”.

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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. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking

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Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

Not only does this freeze your movement in place or, if you do move around the stage, force you to return to the keyboard every time you want to advance to the next slide, it restricts your eye contact and inhibits gestures. Technology Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies ResourcesThere's nothing wrong with being an inexperienced speaker. We all have to start somewhere, and it's usually at the beginning.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Click here for the first challenge, Make Eye Contact, and then join the discussion on my Facebook group (you have make a request to join, but it's an open group and everyone is welcome). 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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In Presentations, Audiences Have Responsibilities Too

Professionally Speaking...

Don't sit like a lump, averting your gaze to ensure no possibility of eye contact. The more you engage in the conversation, the more value you are likely to get out of the experience. Maintain eye contact to capture the nuances of meaning on a given point. I'm a huge proponent of audience rights. I believe every presenter owes his audience complete focus and the respect of being well-prepared, interesting and relevant.

Instant Stage Presence – Pause and Connect

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I called this technique “Pause and Connect” Step 1: Pause. Step 3: Make Eye Contact With your Audience. As they relaxed they deliberately looked out at their audience and smiled as they made eye contact with every part of their audience. Making eye contact is a powerful way to engage others. Tip- In a small group, you can probably make personal eye contact with everyone.

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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. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking

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Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I love using the delivery techniques I learned—the gestures, posture, eye contact, slowing down and pausing.”. “I’m Understand the audience and use techniques to engage them. Use engagement questions such as, “I know what you’re thinking” and “You’re probably wondering.”.

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Outline for PowerPoint & presentation training workshops

PowerPoint Tips

No engagement during delivery. Unprofessional – filler words, no eye contact. How to format diagrams, charts and images so they communicate your point clearly (An image-formatting technique that got oohs and aahs was fading in an image.). Ellen Finkelstein can train you or your team to create high-impact, engaging, professional presentations for training, sales, business, or education.

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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. And if you are just a confident presenter, learn how to use the techniques of selling and influencing to supercharge your presentations. Tags: Presentation Skills Public Speaking Sales Techniques. In my book, presentation skills and selling skills go hand and hand.

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Click here for the first challenge, Make Eye Contact, and then join the discussion on my Facebook group (you have make a request to join, but it's an open group and everyone is welcome). 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Learning to speak is a process

Speak Schmeak

If eye contact is difficult for you, work on that for the next few presentations. Nobody is born with all the skills in place to be a successful and engaging speaker. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety When you're first learning about public speaking, your mind is overwhelmed with new information. As I mentioned in this post , your brain is going a mile a minute with the following thoughts: What did I just say?

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See, hear and taste your audience

Speak Schmeak

Make eye contact. Are they engaged? Notice their response to you, digest it, understand it, and do what you need to do to adjust your material or delivery to increase their engagement. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Resources

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Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

Not only does this freeze your movement in place or, if you do move around the stage, force you to return to the keyboard every time you want to advance to the next slide, it restricts your eye contact and inhibits gestures. Technology Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies ResourcesThere's nothing wrong with being an inexperienced speaker. We all have to start somewhere, and it's usually at the beginning.

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Good communicators make good speakers

Speak Schmeak

Focus your attention on the other person Make eye contact. Engage with the other person Avoid asking questions with one-word answers like "yes" or "no." Sometimes this means we learn to manipulate or argue or obfuscate or shut down instead of being honest, open, and engaging with others. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Communication If you want to be a better speaker, start working on your one-on-one communication skills.

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