For a professional image: Say good-bye to filler words and hello to eye contact

PowerPoint Tips

Say hello to eye contact. One problem some speakers have is lack of eye contact. I’d be perfectly happy speaking with my eyes closed! To do this, you establish eye contact with one person at a time, for a sentence or two (or a complete thought). I look them in the eye, one after another. Tags: Delivery eye contact filler words public speaking speaking uh um

For a professional image: Good-bye filler words & hello eye contact

PowerPoint Tips

One problem some speakers have is lack of eye contact. Do you strive to look, sound, and perform your best when you present? When you're at an event where several people speak, you'll notice that some people sprinkle their talk with filler words, especially "uh." By contrast, those who speak without filler words sound polished and eloquent. They speak to the air over the audience's head. Here's my technique

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3 things you must avoid when delivering a presentation to a live audience

PowerPoint Tips

The Tell ‘n’ Show SM method puts one point on a slide, with a simple slide title and then shows the point with an image, chart/graph, or diagram. Meet the eyes of your audience members. In the same tip I linked to above, I have a cute, if quirky exercise that can help you learn eye contact while practicing. Delivery delivery eye contact filler words reading slides um you know

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How to Look Confident by Knowing Where and How to Look! « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Posted: December 28, 2007 by Gary in Body Language , Dealing with People , Networking & Small Talk , Public Speaking , The Shy Speakers Guide 4 Many of us have heard about the importance of maintaining eye contact whilst we are speaking. Effective use of eye contact helps the speaker: - Appear more Credible Most psychologists and body language readers have noticed that liars tend to fidget more and have difficulty maintaining eye contact.

2007 40

Public Speaking & Communication in the Middle East/North Africa

Matt Eventoff

Each country has its own dialect and traditions, even hand gestures that a professional in the public eye must be aware of to not insult anyone. 5) Eye contact. In most Western cultures, eye contact with the person you are speaking with is interpreted as direct and shows a certain level of attentiveness. Keep eye contact casual, and it’s ok to look away, within range that is, from time to time. By Ceem Haidar & Dalia Ghawi.

2014 184

3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

View image | gettyimages.com. The neutral face is pleasant and attentive with strong eye contact and relaxed facial muscles. Your neutral face in this situation enhances your credibility, professionalism and maturity far more than a frown, look of disgust or rolling eyes. Since the days when we were mere babes in arms we have used facial expressions to convey what we feel, what we want, what we think.

2015 159

Big 10 QB Kirk Cousins – The Heisman Speech

Matt Eventoff

Smile – Cousins was warm from the moment he took the stage, not always the easiest image for an athlete to effectively convey. Eye Contact, I & II – In spots, the eye contact was great. More pausing and a slower tempo would allow for more eye contact; in addition, speaking while looking down is never an effective practice for myriad reasons.

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will use more images in my slide presentations. I will make eye contact with the audience. Some ideas to help you take your public speaking to the next level in 2012. In no particular order: 1. I will prepare. I will practice. I will have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence. I will always ask myself: “Why should the audience care about my message?” ” 6.

2011 219

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will use more images in my slide presentations. I will make eye contact with the audience. Some ideas to help you take your public speaking to the next level in 2012. In no particular order: 1. I will prepare. I will practice. I will have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence. I will always ask myself: “Why should the audience care about my message?” ” 6.

2011 217

Big 10 QB Kirk Cousins – The Heisman Speech

Matt Eventoff

Smile – Cousins was warm from the moment he took the stage, not always the easiest image for an athlete to effectively convey. Eye Contact, I & II – In spots, the eye contact was great. More pausing and a slower tempo would allow for more eye contact; in addition, speaking while looking down is never an effective practice for myriad reasons.

Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Eye contact will be important. Of course, you can’t make eye contact with every person in an audience of that size. In such cases, projecting an image of the prop (in addition to having the real thing) might be an option. In a little more than a month’s time, I will fly to Lisbon, Portugal for the Toastmasters District 59 Spring Conference. It promises to be a fabulous time and I am looking forward to seeing many friends from across Europe.

2011 188

4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

For them, the image is reversed. This means the speaker looks at people’s faces, uses penetrating eye contact, shows a blend of serious and lighthearted facial expressions, and tries to connect at every level—verbal and non-verbal. Back in 1990, Ron Hoff wrote a popular book about public speaking entitled I Can See You Naked.

2013 186

December 12for12 Challenge: Put it all together

Speak Schmeak

Waaaaay back in January, we started out with practicing eye contact, and we've attacked every possible confidence challenge along the way. For example, preparing for your next presentation, you're going to focus on creating a strong opening (November), you're going to review your image and see if there's anything you need to do to increase your professionalism or update your look (April), and you're going to boost your mental preparation and incorporate grounding (June).

2012 145

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will use more images in my slide presentations. I will make eye contact with the audience. Some ideas to help you take your public speaking to the next level in 2012. In no particular order: 1. I will prepare. I will practice. I will have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence. I will always ask myself: “Why should the audience care about my message?” ” 6.

2011 157

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  There is a set text, usually with cliche images and phrases, which they read from.    There is no eye contact.  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.    The tone is monotone.    The amazing thing is that these speakers realize they are on TV. 

Analysis of a Speech by Bruce Aylward

Manner of Speaking

He involves the audience by asking people to close their eyes and think of a technology that has changed the world. He closes his own eyes to get those still looking to participate. From 1:40 to 1:58, notice the excellent eye contact that Bruce makes with the audience. He maintains eye contact throughout his speech. The image at 4:00 that shows the spread of polio via infected people traveling is dramatic. 12:35 – Another powerful image.

Mubarak v ElBaradei – Connection Matters

Matt Eventoff

Body Language Matters - See Tim Geithner ; Mr. Mubarak’s chin is constantly lowered, hindering eye contact, putting the focus on his forehead, and really exaggerating the forehead “creases&# ; the simple “tweak&# of raising his chin will make a dramatic improvement; 3. Last evening was very interesting and sent a clear message to incumbents and establishment candidates (ex.

2010 148

Analysis of a Speech by William Kamkwamba

Manner of Speaking

The images are well chosen, quickly understood, and support the message rather than detract from it. He has great eye contact with the audience. Today’s post is about a remarkable young man named William Kamkwamba. William comes from a poor village in Malawi in southeast Africa. Life there is hard. The main source of income is farming. When the rains don’t come, conditions become extremely difficult for people.

4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

For them, the image is reversed. This means the speaker looks at people’s faces, uses penetrating eye contact, shows a blend of serious and lighthearted facial expressions, and tries to connect at every level—verbal and non-verbal. Back in 1990, Ron Hoff wrote a popular book about public speaking entitled I Can See You Naked.

2013 138

How to become a good speaker

PowerPoint Tips

Go ahead and point your laser at the screen to make a point to the audience if necessary, but speak to the audience, and make some eye contact with them once in a while as well.&#. Put up some toy animals and practice in front of them, looking directly into their eyes for a sentence or two. F or a professional image: Say good-bye to filler words and hello to eye contact. Part of presenting is delivering your talk; this is called speaking.

2010 166

Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

So let’s look at three areas of Meryl’s speech and have a seasoned actor show us how it’s done: Image: With her bright red jacket and those fabulous black reading glasses, Meryl’s image had impact. Most of all, she looked like she was thoroughly enjoying every minute with her erect posture, big smile, confident eye contact, and that charming way she “sighed” so enjoyably at her own jokes.

2012 161

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

DeFinis Communications

Visual Aids: Jobs’ visual aids are the opposite of the dense eye charts we so often see in typical technical presentations. His slides are image based with large colorful images, one big statistic, or one powerful graphic. He uses these images to augment his key point, not to overshadow it or mute his performance. Anyone in the public speaking business has likely paused at the news that Steve Jobs has resigned from the iconic Apple Computer.

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Is PowerPoint the new black?

Speak Schmeak

More images, less text Laura Bergells states in her post that the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction in getting away from bullet and text-laden slides, and that now slide shows have become too simplistic (and propagandistic), with images and a few large words. This may be the case in the professional speaking/PowerPoint design world, but in the real world, I have yet to see a speaker use an image-based PowerPoint in a presentation.

Analysis of a Speech by William Kamkwamba

Manner of Speaking

The images are well chosen, quickly understood, and support the message rather than detract from it. He has great eye contact with the audience. Today’s post is about a remarkable young man named William Kamkwamba. William comes from a poor village in Malawi in southeast Africa. Life there is hard. The main source of income is farming. When the rains don’t come, conditions become extremely difficult for people.

10 Tips for Speaking on a Panel

Professionally Speaking...

Unless PowerPoint is critical to demonstrate a concept -- in which case you would probably be using a graph, chart or image -- ditch the slides in favor of connection and eye contact with the audience. I recently attended my local ASTD chapter meeting ( www.dcastd.org ) where a panel of CLOs talked about the role of global learning in tough economic times.

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The power of online video (and presentation) to change the world

Presentation Zen

Somewhere hidden in the physical gestures, the vocal cadence, the facial expressions, the eye contact, the passion, and the kind of awkward British body language, the sense of how the audience are reacting. But now, in the blink of an eye, the game has changed again. I would like to see simple cuts to next full-bleed image as was done in editing of this video. These simple cuts from one full-screen image to another would be a welcomed change of pace.

2010 84

The 6 Key Ingredients to Body Language « Elizabethkuhnke's Blog

Kuhnke Communication

You will now send out a visual image of confidence and authority. Bobbers and Bouncers convey an image of uncertainty and look uncomfortable. E – Eyes. The eyes are the mirror of the soul. Maintain eye contact for approximately 60% of your speaking time.

Kinesics « Elizabethkuhnke's Blog

Kuhnke Communication

A rich sensory experience and an enhanced image that inspires trust and motivates action. If you want to demonstrate interest, for example, establish eye contact with your listener, relax your mouth and tilt your head slightly. If you want to show disapproval, lower your eye brows, tighten your lips, and drop your chin toward your chest. Awareness of the impact of your movements enables you to create the image you want to project.

2010 70

Analysis of a Speech by Kathryn Schulz

Manner of Speaking

One of them, by Kathryn Schulz , caught my eye. Actually, it was the title of her talk that caught my eye: “On Being Wrong&#. Speaking of the audience, I thought that Kathryn maintained good eye contact throughout the talk. The slide that appears at 10:30 is good—few words and an image that Kathryn goes on to discuss. But notice that a small part of the image crosses over the title. A new set of TED talks was released this week.

Felix Jung's Pecha Kucha presentation Tips

Presentation Zen

2) Slide design tips • Use large images (he gives links to his favorite image websites). • Use as little text as possible. • "The slide should be an addition to, not a summary of, your ideas and concepts." • "No more than four images per slide." • Have a consistent look across the slides. (3) Make eye contact with audience. Recently Felix Jung gave an interesting talk at Pecha Kucha Chicago, Volume 9.

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. 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?

2012 165

Let go of the negative and improve self-esteem

Kuhnke Communication

Were you sitting upright, smiling, making direct eye-contact? Having a clear image of what self esteem means to you. Negative self-messages are bad for your health. Down beat beliefs can undermine your confidence and destroy your credibility. Toxic thinking can cancel careers. You needn’t be caught in the trap. You can make a choice to let go of the negative and take on a positive attitude. You have to begin by making the choice. But how do I do that?’ I hear you say.

2011 52

A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

Use simple words, images and props to get your message across. A - Audience. Fitting that it comes first. The most important part of any speech. A speech is for the audience and about the audience. Always. B - Bo oks. There are so many resources available these days for public speakers. Invest a small amount of money in yourself and pick some up. Here are three of my favourites: Presentation Zen ; Made to Stick ; Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln. C – Concreteness.

Stand Tall

Kuhnke Communication

Adopt this image and turn back to the mirror. 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!

2011 60

4 easy ways to practise your speaking confidence off the stage

Pivotal Public Speaking

Two especially important skills to practice here are eye contact and a confident approach. Here again, the challenge is to convey a certain image – and confidence will be part of it. If you are moving to build your public speaking confidence, the first thing to do is to plan what you will do over the coming weeks and months. Set yourself some goals and create a list of things to do to get to those goals – “an action plan.”.

2012 43

Nonverbal Communication Project

The Communication Blog

Similarly don’t crowd the slides with visual images. A series of images depicting various forms of body language that communicate attraction. A short video on tracking eye movements to study consumer behavior 2 min, 44 sec. Eye contact, 1.44. Here is exercise that I'm working on for a nonverbal book I'm doing that I thought might be useful. It contains just a few general instructions for creating a video and lots of video examples.

Are You a PowerPoint Terrorist? « The Shy Speaker's Guide to.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

The PowerPoint loads and it does, you notice: Horror No 1: You notice that there are 645 slides in the entire presentation Horror No 2: They all look like this (below) You say to yourself, “Maybe the speaker might be interesting and engaging…&# Your hopes shimmer for awhile as you sense that the speaker’s about to make eye contact. Your hopes are dashed when you realise: Horror No 3: He establishes eye contact with the screen.

2007 48

Public speaking vs. death

Speak Schmeak

I thought I had gotten somewhere when I contacted the author of this article , who stated, "The findings have been verified by countless other surveys and studies in subsequent years." Rather than mentally stripping (pardon the pun) audience members of dignity so you can feel better, concentrate instead on lifting your own self-image. If you’re too nervous to look them in the eye, look just above their heads at the back wall." Make eye contact for 3 to 5 seconds per person."

2008 100

TEDxUCLA: Maybe next time

Speak Schmeak

There are three problems with dimming the lights: 1) The audience can't see their notebooks or laptops to take notes (I thought I had a light-up keyboard, but apparently I don't) 2) The audience gets sleepy, especially after lunch 3) The speaker can't see the audience, and therefore is unable to make eye contact, read their level of engagement, or fully interact. See image at the top of this post.)

2011 141

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. 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?

2012 100

TEDxUCLA: Maybe next time

Speak Schmeak

There are three problems with dimming the lights: 1) The audience can't see their notebooks or laptops to take notes (I thought I had a light-up keyboard, but apparently I don't) 2) The audience gets sleepy, especially after lunch 3) The speaker can't see the audience, and therefore is unable to make eye contact, read their level of engagement, or fully interact. See image at the top of this post.) Thanks, Dave Proffer (@deeptwit) for the image !

2011 100

Bridging the Gap

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

We all know how important nonverbal communication is to presentations - facial expressions, tone, eye contact and so forth. The first is to use image magnification, using video cameras that put the presenter up on the big screen. This one is as much for meeting managers as it is for presenters, because the distance between stage and audience is usually out of the control of the speaker.

Do it with the lights on

Speak Schmeak

In the case of the one speaker who didn't use slides but had one image that looked like a logo on the screen for his whole talk, this was even more distracting. I kept staring at the screen, waiting for the image to change. There's no eye contact. I spent Saturday morning attending the first Santa Barbara area TEDx event. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

2010 109