photographer's tips on eye contact & more

The Eloquent Woman

TED, the technology/education/design conference, hires a photographer to capture its dynamic speakers, and James Duncan Davidson offers this "dear speakers" essay on everything from taking off your name tag to how to move effectively around the speaking space. Since some of our readers recently asked questions about eye contact and connecting with the audience, take a look at his advice on where to look. He says eye contact will: make them feel like you are addressing them.

Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Seeing photographs of the venue also allows speakers to visualize themselves addressing the audience, much like athletes such as skiers who visualize themselves racing down the course before they actually do it. The photographs are helpful because they show the room from different angles and provide a good sense of the speaking area. So what insights can speakers glean from these photographs? According to the statistics on the first photograph, there are 430 seats.

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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. The photograph at 1:15 of the people in iron lungs is dramatic. From 1:40 to 1:58, notice the excellent eye contact that Bruce makes with the audience. He maintains eye contact throughout his speech. I have a special interest in this TED Talk for two reasons.

Body Language and Gestures

Kuhnke Communication

Add to that, his eyes became steely as he glared at me, suggesting that I might want to stop what I was doing. To spot enthusiasm, look for smiles in which both the lips and eyes are engaged. Negative emotions such as secrecy or nervousness tend to manifest themselves through minimal or no eye contact, throat clearing and covering the mouth while speaking. Several weeks ago at a Sunday lunch with friends and family I embarrassed my son.

PowerPoint Presentation Do’s and Don’ts

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

You'll make less eye contact and you voice will sound flat and boring. Photographs, graphs and diagrams do this much better than lots of text or tables. Practical Tips for Creating Persuasive PowerPoint Presentations On 22nd May 2016 it will be PowerPoint's 26th birthday! Sadly many people still ruin their presentations because they don't know how to use powerful presentation tool properly. This article will help you create better PowerPoint Presentations.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

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. At some point, I ran out of thoughts and just went back to making photographs.

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Excellent public speaking advice - Boing Boing

Boing Boing Home Gadgets TV Boing Boing Offworld Suggest a Link Archives Subscribe Mark Cory David Xeni John Moderation Policy Excellent public speaking advice Posted by Cory Doctorow , March 8, 2009 4:01 AM | permalink The inestimable Duncan Davidson, photographer laureate of the OReilly tech conferences, has distilled his experiences watching thousands of speakers on thousands of stages into a pithy, useful article about how to be a better speaker.

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