"What do I do about eye contact and swaying when I speak?"

The Eloquent Woman

Chaitra Shenoy replied, " Eye contact and swaying." To my mind, swaying and avoiding eye contact are two sides of the same coin. For some speakers, swaying and avoiding eye contact are a kind of safety blanket, a comforting way to face a stressful situation.

How To Prepare For An Interview + 15 Job Interview Tips

Matt Eventoff

1) Practice interview questions and answers – Since first grade you have heard that practice makes perfect. What is true is that practice does make you better. LeBron practices. Peyton Manning practices. Beyoncé practices. Maria Sharapova practices.

Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I had several interesting calls this week which revealed tips to fit nicely into a “Best Practice” list. When I call people, I usually get the same response, “Thanks for reaching out. Here are some of the typical responses I hear: “I think I’m doing much better.”. “I’m

How to Assess Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

These individuals generally have little experience speaking to groups, but because of a recent promotion or increased job responsibilities, they are now expected to speak (i.e., They are usually familiar with their subject matter but rarely prepare or practice. Many even believe that their “practice” happens while they are giving their presentation. These confident speakers know from experience that preparation and practice are the keys to high performance.

2011 187

Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I had several interesting calls this week which revealed tips to fit nicely into a “Best Practice” list. When I call people, I usually get the same response, “Thanks for reaching out. Here are some of the typical responses I hear: “I think I’m doing much better.”. “I’m I love using the delivery techniques I learned—the gestures, posture, eye contact, slowing down and pausing.”. “I’m I haven’t practiced the 3, 4, & 5 syllable word drills you gave me.”.

2014 132

4 stepping stones to get speaking practice

The Eloquent Woman

If you're not ready for a prime-time slot as a speaker , but still want to get some practice, try these smaller stepping stones on your path toward public speaking: Ask a question when someone else is speaking. Not ready for a keynote speech, big presentation, commencement address?

How To Prepare For A Job Interview: The Art of the First Interview

Matt Eventoff

1) Practice interview questions and answers – Since first grade you have heard that practice makes perfect. What is true is that practice does make you better. LeBron practices. Peyton Manning practices. Beyoncé practices. Maria Sharapova practices.

2013 275

How To Prepare For A Job Interview: The Art of the First Interview

Matt Eventoff

1) Practice interview questions and answers – Since first grade you have heard that practice makes perfect. What is true is that practice does make you better. LeBron practices. Peyton Manning practices. Beyoncé practices. Maria Sharapova practices.

2013 207

Talk With Your Eyes: Five Speech Rules

DeFinis Communications

It was William Shakespeare who once wrote, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” As speakers, we should express soul in every one of our speeches. In harmony with Shakespeare, one of the best ways to achieve a heartfelt speech is by using powerful eye contact. . .

2009 184

Toastmasters Friday: How Smooth is Your Choreography?

Speak and Deliver

The strong transitions from President to Toastmaster to Evaluator to Speaker, etc, that come from repeated practice. If you are in control of the meeting, be clear who you are tossing control to, and signal them both verbally and with eye contact so as not to catch them off guard.

2011 73

Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud.

2014 279

Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Audience Response Systems. At the other end of the technology spectrum are Audience Response Systems (ARS). If you’ve ever taken part in polling during a presentation, where you received a gadget and then pushed a button to enter your response, you’ve used an ARS.

2014 245

Big 10 QB Kirk Cousins – The Heisman Speech

Matt Eventoff

Anaphora – On different occasions, anaphora was successfully utilized – “It has been a privilege… ”; “We have a responsibility…” 7. Eye Contact, I & II – In spots, the eye contact was great.

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. While so much is lost in non-live exchange, perhaps the greatest sacrifice is eye contact. Thank you for your response.

2009 52

Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

These individuals generally have little experience speaking to groups, but because of a recent promotion or increased job responsibilities, they are now expected to speak. They are usually familiar with their subject matter but rarely practice.

2013 208

Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud.

2014 206

8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

Assertiveness requires respect, honesty, personal responsibility, active listening and often, compromise. There is a clear lack of respect for the other person's rights, and the aggressor does not take responsibility for her or his own feelings and behaviors.

Big 10 QB Kirk Cousins – The Heisman Speech

Matt Eventoff

Anaphora – On different occasions, anaphora was successfully utilized – “It has been a privilege… ”; “We have a responsibility…” 7. Eye Contact, I & II – In spots, the eye contact was great.

8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

Assertiveness requires respect, honesty, personal responsibility, active listening and often, compromise. There is a clear lack of respect for the other person's rights, and the aggressor does not take responsibility for her or his own feelings and behaviors.

Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Audience Response Systems. At the other end of the technology spectrum are Audience Response Systems (ARS). If you’ve ever taken part in polling during a presentation, where you received a gadget and then pushed a button to enter your response, you’ve used an ARS. Of course, no technology can replace the essentials for audience engagement, such as using gestures, making eye contact, speaking with passion, and practicing your presentation so it sounds natural.

2014 134

Communication Strategies: Empathy

The Communication Blog

In this continuing effort to identify and explain (briefly and practically) the skills/strategies of interpersonal communication, here is a brief discussion of empathy. Often you’ll respond with both thinking and feeling empathy in the same brief response; for example, when a friend tells you of problems at home, you may respond by saying, for example, “Your problems at home do seem to be getting worse.

Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

practice sufficiently so that you know your material well, allowing you, during the presentation, to focus on your tone of voice and eye contact. Deliberate pacing can elicit a specific response, emphasize particular.

Stage 152

Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

These individuals generally have little experience speaking to groups, but because of a recent promotion or increased job responsibilities, they are now expected to speak. They are usually familiar with their subject matter but rarely practice. Many even believe that their “practice” happens while they are giving their presentation. Level 4 speakers know that preparation and practice are the keys to high performance.

2013 118

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

Just because you're not a pro, it doesn't mean potential organizers are going to let you get away with bad practices, and you will not be invited back -- if you are even invited in the first place. Make eye contact.

2010 215

See, hear and taste your audience

Speak Schmeak

As with any practice, the more you do it, the easier it gets. This practice allows you to still feel what's going on in your body and note what's going on in your head without being distracted by it all. Here's an article about the Buddhist practice of mindfulness that might be helpful.)

2008 151

Q&A Tips for Speakers – How to Turn Terror into Triumph

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

It’s true that you can never anticipate every possible query, but you can make time to rehearse your responses to the most likely ones. These emotions lead to that uncomfortable tumbleweed moment when the presenter asks “are there any questions,” and gets silence in response.

Q&A 56

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

Just because you're not a pro, it doesn't mean potential organizers are going to let you get away with bad practices, and you will not be invited back -- if you are even invited in the first place. Make eye contact.

2010 190

Acting vs. Speaking

Speak and Deliver

You know what you want to say, how you want to say it (whisper here, yell here) , what gestures you want to use, and you don't want to miss a practiced beat. We are free with our message, and bound only by our responsibility to our audience.

2012 93

The seven speaking secrets of persuasive presenters – How to speak like a pro

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

In this post, I’d like to share some practical tips that will help you become a better, more persuasive presenter. Instead of allowing this nervous energy to “leak out” in the form of distracting mannerisms, they channel it back into their voice, eye contact and purposeful movement. Persuasive presenters understand the importance of creating an emotional response. Presentations that fail to create an emotional response from the audience are boring, and dull.

2015 70

Interpersonal time

The Communication Blog

response time , the last two of which have taken on added importance due to the frequency with which we communicate via some kind of computer connection. Burgoon, Guerrero, and Floyd relate the practice of college students being required to wait for a late instructor a certain length of time depending on the instructor’s rank, a situation I recall from my own college days. Appropriately enough, the practice is referred to as being “on the clock.”

2012 116

The seven presentation tips used by persuasive presenters

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

In this post, I’d like to share some practical presentation tips that will help you become a more persuasive presenter. Persuasive presenters understand the importance of creating an emotional response. More about practicing your presentation skills.

2015 54

Presentation Question Time – How to Make The Most of This Opportunity

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Listen carefully to the question and give yourself time to compose your response before replying. When you do answer, make sure that your reply takes in the group, but make deliberate eye contact with the questioner, and check back with them at the end. Give positive answers or follow-up a negative response with a positive alternative. It's packed full of practical tips to help you develop, design and deliver amazing presentations with confidence.

2017 43

TEDxUCLA: Maybe next time

Speak Schmeak

DON'T: Dim the lights This is another common conference mistake, where seeing the speaker's PowerPoint takes precedence over the practical needs of the audience.

2011 184

Communication Strategies: Listening Choices

The Communication Blog

Sometimes you have to put your empathic responses aside and listen with objectivity and detachment. Effective listening includes both nonjudgmental and critical responses. If you listen only to the surface-level communication (the literal meaning), you’ll miss the underlying message and will surely miss the opportunity to make meaningful contact with the other person’s feelings and needs. Maintain eye contact.

Handling Difficult Audiences

Kuhnke Communication

You’ve prepared, you’ve practiced, and you’re rearing to go. Someone’s response to you may have nothing to do with you personally. You can do this is the following ways: Make eye contact and stop speaking until they look at you.

How to remember your presentation without using the PowerPoint slides as notes

Pivotal Public Speaking

Looking at the slides and the screen means you are not maintaining eye contact or connection with your audience. As you practice, visualize the speech and how you are presenting. Visualise audience response. If you an audio person, listen to yourself as you practice. Then as you present, you can listen to the recordings in your head that you ran as you practiced and use them as prompts. How will you remember your presentation?

2012 52

American Idol: The Impact of Stage Presence

DeFinis Communications

Developing stage presence requires the same awareness, attention to detail, and practice as playing a musical instrument and singing a tune. If someone doesn’t know what the word “beaming” means, all he or she has to do is look at Crystal’s glowing, wide smile and her eye contact. Standing in front of a group and speaking and singing—that’s a great responsibility. I watched with surprise as Lee Dewyze became the latest American Idol last Wednesday night.

Stage 141

How to Mix and Mingle Your Way Through the Dreaded Holiday Party

Speak Schmeak

During the holidays, this dread is intensified by the increasing stress of responsibilities like travel, gift shopping, and year-end work matters. The more you practice presenting yourself as confident and assertive, the more you will start to feel confident and assertive.

2009 130

How to Mix and Mingle Your Way Through the Dreaded Holiday Party

Speak Schmeak

During the holidays, this dread is intensified by the increasing stress of responsibilities like travel, gift shopping, and year-end work matters. The more you practice presenting yourself as confident and assertive, the more you will start to feel confident and assertive.

2009 130

What will you forget when you start speaking? Readers weigh in

The Eloquent Woman

You'll learn about breathing exercises you need to practice regularly that will provoke a "relaxation response" that will help you react by breathing, rather than losing your breath. With enough practice, you can use this method to speak without notes.

2010 60

Everyday (but Sometimes Difficult) Conversations

The Communication Blog

What follows is a brief discussion of each of these conversational situations, some suggestions for making them go more smoothly and effectively, and brief exercises to practice the skills. Of course, if you do not want to interact, then a simple one-word response will help you achieve your goal. And although the motivation may have been an honest modesty, each of these responses can create problems. < Avoid negative responses. < Acknowledge your responsibility.

TEDxUCLA: Maybe next time

Speak Schmeak

DON'T: Dim the lights This is another common conference mistake, where seeing the speaker's PowerPoint takes precedence over the practical needs of the audience.

2011 130

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. Instead, start by making eye contact. Audiences have X-Ray Eyes & Ears ► September (8) Speaking Season - 37 of 37?

2010 73