"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. When you can't face your audience squarely and hold your position, and can't look them in the eye, you may be speaking but you're avoiding a confrontation with your audience. 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

This does not mean to ignore areas where you can grow, mature and prepare. 8) Eye contact. When you meet your interviewer, look that person in the eye. If a group interviews you, look at the person speaking to you, and try to make eye contact to each person in the room as you respond (as long as you do not “Ping-Pong” back and forth!). First and foremost – Be Yourself!

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“Single-Task” Your Way to Presentation Success

DeFinis Communications

For example, let’s say you are working on improving your eye contact. Does it make sense to work on your eye contact and your facial expression and your gestures and your posture all at once? If eye contact is the chosen skill, you set up the room by putting sticky notes on various chairs around the room or by putting a few stuffed animals in the chairs so you can make eye contact with actual “eyes.”

2011 182

How to Assess Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

They are usually familiar with their subject matter but rarely prepare or practice. As a result of their lack of preparation, they “hurry” through their presentation, talking too fast, shifting their weight, avoiding eye contact, and showing other physical signs of nervousness. These speakers take the time to practice and are generally more prepared than most, but unusual situations cause them to revisit earlier bouts of nerves and agitation.

2011 198

Will Your Q&A Session Make or Break Your Next Presentation?

DeFinis Communications

However, because the Q&A feels less formal than the main presentation, many speakers neglect to prepare for this time. In reality, the Q&A requires just as much preparation as any other section of your talk. Make eye contact when you are listening to the questioner, but during your answer, distribute your eye contact throughout the audience. It also raises doubt in people’s minds that you are fully prepared.

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Your Visual Package: What The Audience Sees

Professionally Speaking...

EYE CONTACT. You''re methodically shifting your eyes from side to side as if you were at a tennis match. How They Interpret: Lack of preparation or lack of care about connecting with them or both. What To Do: Communicate your confidence and enthusiasm for being there by holding eye contact with a random audience member for 3-5 seconds before moving on to the next person. Look at your presentation through your audience''s eyes.

A Winning Oscar-Winning Speech

Manner of Speaking

He had good eye contact with the different sections of the audience, including the people in the balconies. Tags: Analysis of a Speech gestures eye contact Preparation Emotion Ari Sandel Oscar Academy Awards acceptance speech humility Israel Palestine Israeli-Palestinian confict I was delighted to come across this short clip featuring Ari Sandel. As a movie director, Sandel won an Academy Award in 2005 in the category, Best Short Film – Live Action.

2010 173

How To Prepare and Deliver a Business Case Presentation

SlideModel

Those are the times you’ll need to prepare a business case in order to change their mind. While you might be eager to jump in and share the initiative you believe in, it’s a good idea to step back and make sure you prepare a solid case.

The Top 3 Things that Stand Between Busy Professionals and Speech Preparation

DeFinis Communications

While they know they need to prepare for the presentation (and they even want to), other things get their time and attention, leaving speech preparation on the back burner. Here are the three top things that get in the way of speech preparation…and how to overcome them. No wonder making time for speech preparation can be so difficult. Remember that practice and preparation can be spread out and incorporated into other daily tasks and activities.

2012 188

PRESENTATION MANNERS

Professionally Speaking...

When we're preparing for a presentation, we don't often turn to Miss Manners for advice. It demonstrates lack of preparation on the presenter's part and a disregard for the audience's time. LOOK 'EM IN THE EYES. In a presentation, too often the speaker speaks to the screen behind him or keeps his eyes focused on his notes. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations eye contact Miss Manners presentation skills

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June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

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! Now, for our sixth challenge: Prepare Your Mind. Last month, we talked about the external aspects of presentation preparation, the nuts and bolts of organizing your thoughts into congruent and cohesive content, preparing your materials and adjusting your venue.

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

Matt Eventoff

This does not mean to ignore areas where you can grow, mature and prepare. 8) Eye contact. When you meet your interviewer, look that person in the eye. If a group interviews you, look at the person speaking to you, and try to make eye contact to each person in the room as you respond (as long as you do not “Ping-Pong” back and forth!). First and foremost – Be Yourself!

2013 212

Readers' tips for newbie speakers, with resources

The Eloquent Woman

Dorie Hightower suggests that you "make eye contact with the audience and smile before you launch into your talk." Try these 5 eye contact tips for speakers to get started, and read Confidence: Fake it until you make it to find out why smiling helps you not only to connect with the audience, but to mask your fears and improve how you feel physically. speaking with confidence speaker preparation eye contact audience issues breathing

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

Matt Eventoff

This does not mean to ignore areas where you can grow, mature and prepare. 8) Eye contact. When you meet your interviewer, look that person in the eye. If a group interviews you, look at the person speaking to you, and try to make eye contact to each person in the room as you respond (as long as you do not “Ping-Pong” back and forth!). First and foremost – Be Yourself!

2013 159

June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

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! Now, for our sixth challenge: Prepare Your Mind. Last month, we talked about the external aspects of presentation preparation, the nuts and bolts of organizing your thoughts into congruent and cohesive content, preparing your materials and adjusting your venue.

Body Language Practicum III - Facial Expressions

Professionally Speaking...

As you prepare for your next presentation, work on putting some intentional focus on what your face is communicating. EYE CONTACT. One of the most oft-metioned components of facial expressions is eye contact. Looking audience members directly in the eye allows you to connect with them on a human level. Strong eye contact communicates sincerity and confidence and shows that you are engaged in what you''re saying.

10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-format Talk

Duarte Blog

It helps you get used to looking at the camera, and you can review the video to look at your stage presence, eye contact, gestures plus identify any expressions that need modification. Delivery Event Strategy Tips INK Conference practice preparation process rehearsal speech TEDxEast tipsThese 18-minute talks are hard to do. It’s easier to blather on for an hour than talk for a tight 18 minutes knowing that if you go over, you (literally) will get the hook.

Hey! Over HERE, Mister Dominos!

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Aside from these two rogue pizza hillbillies, North Carolinians can be trusted around food preparation. Not-So-Good Point: No Eye Contact. Eye contact is essential for any kind of ‘trust me’ message, whether it’s in person, on the stage, or on camera. I was pretty shocked by the Dominos YouTube incident. Not because I didn’t think this sort of thing went on in fast food outlets.

week 1: Stephanie's speaking priorities

The Eloquent Woman

Eye contact and connecting with the audience: Stephanie's observed how great speakers are in tune with their audiences and able to make them feel their words are targeted right to individuals in the audience. She also sees eye contact as a key to accomplishing that connection and wants to improve that skill. Tags: women and public speaking step up your speaking contest eye contact message development fear and public speaking speech preparation

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week 1: let the coaching begin

The Eloquent Woman

Here's my first post in the 15 Weeks to Step Up Your Speaking program, in which I'll be coaching Stephanie Benoit as she works on her top three priorities--building confidence, making eye contact and connections with the audience, and preparing appropriately (but not overpreparing) for her public presentations. Tags: video women and public speaking step up your speaking contest eye contact message development fear and public speaking

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Preparation – your key to confident public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

One of the most powerful sources of confidence in public speaking is knowing that you are prepared. During the nervous stages, you can continually reassure yourself that you are prepared and can visualise all the aspects of the successful presentation that you have prepared. Sometimes they happen but being prepared will prevent most of them. Final preparation countdown for the event itself: - Confirm the time and date.

Prepare for Your Fallibility: Mind Blank Recovery Tips from Olivia.

Green Room Speakers

Thursday, October 22, 2009 Prepare for Your Fallibility: Mind Blank Recovery Tips from Olivia Mitchell It happens to each of us. No matter how prepared you are, there will come a time in your speaking career when you have a mind blank. What I like about this advice is that it shows the importance not just of preparing your content and delivery - but also of preparing for your fallibility.

Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

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. To appear confident, keep your posture upright, use gestures and facial expressions, and make eye contact with your listeners. And even though you have only minutes or sometimes seconds to prepare, make sure you hit your talking points. We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.”

2014 215

How To Avoid a Scary Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

Look out at your audience, make eye contact and smile to reduce your tension. Make eye contact and listen carefully without trying to formulate an answer. If you don''t have support, ask your audience to discuss, with the person next to them, a question or scenario or problem you have pre-prepared. Preparation and anticipation are the best tools you have for avoiding.or Preparation presentation

2013 114

To be a Better Presenter, Become a “Consumer of Speaking”

DeFinis Communications

Is the speaker using effective eye contact, facial expression, posture, gestures, and movement? Confidence Building Performance Presentation Skills Presentation Tips Speaking Tips Stage Presence Top Speaking Tips observe Prepare Public Speaker Public SpeakingThe first step to becoming a better public speaker is learning to develop your observational skills.

2012 197

Free Presentation Skills Assessment

Manner of Speaking

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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Free Presentation Skills Assessment

Manner of Speaking

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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How to answer the dreaded question: "Tell us something about yourself"

Speak Schmeak

You KNOW you will have to introduce yourself, and therefore you have the opportunity to prepare. Prepare What's the group about and what information would be relevant to them? Stand tall Make eye contact, smile, and hold your head high. Good posture and eye contact demonstrate confidence and show that you're not embarrassed about who you are and what you have to say. Make eye contact with a couple of people.

2011 154

Lost in Translation – Ten Tips for Working with Interpreters

Manner of Speaking

A good interpreter will want to be prepared and familiar with the material. NB – In the case of consecutive interpretation, you basically have to cut your material in half; i.e., if you have one hour of presentation time, you cannot prepare more than 30 minutes of material because everything has to be said twice: the source language followed by the target language.). Filed under: Delivery , Interpretation and Translation , Preparation.

2012 219

Malala Yousafzai and Public Speaking: 12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013

Matt Eventoff

Here are just a dozen: Practice – Malala knew that for this one moment in time, the eyes and ears of the world would be focused on her. Preparation – There are too many powerful lines to mention. That is because the preparation that went into this address was extensive, and there was no extraneous information. Malala knew this was her opportunity to deliver a powerful message, and prepared with that in mind.

2013 211

Thinking of doing a Hangout? Read this first!

Speak Schmeak

Place your webcam at or above eye level When you sit at your desk, your screen tends to be a little bit lower than eye level, unless you have a really high desk or a massive monitor. Just because you''re looking at someone''s face on the screen, doesn''t mean you''re making eye contact with your audience. If you want to make eye contact (and your audience wants you to), you must look INTO the webcam lens.

2014 152

Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

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. Meryl Streep just won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the movie The Iron Lady , and in my view she deserves an equally prestigious award for her introduction of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Women in the World Summit 2012 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

2012 161

Trying something new before your presentation? Big mistake!

Speak Schmeak

I've seen her speak before, and she's usually very confident, with good eye contact and a strong physical presence onstage. I wondered if she had just been handed the introduction, because she didn't look comfortable or prepared. The herbs made her feel "amped," and for this particular speaker, amped is the opposite of how she likes to prepare herself. Most of us have rituals that help us prepare for presentations, conscious or not. Speakers Preparation

2012 142

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. . . Shifty, darting or blinking eyes, gazing at the ceiling or the floor—these are all distracting behaviors for any audience—especially the one you’re sitting in! Make eye contact as you move.

2009 153

Are you making excuses to avoid your audience?

Speak Schmeak

The conversation yesterday started with my client telling me that he would like to be more personable, and that he has trouble making eye contact with the audience. After we talked about that for a bit, and I gave him some challenges to do outside of speaking to practice his eye contact, I started to discover more about how much he''s been holding himself back. Communication Confidence Networking Preparation Public Speaking Anxiety Quick Fixes

2013 148

A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

Always ask yourself two questions before you begin to prepare a speech or presentation: (a) What is my key message? (b) Learn to accept the unexpected as part of the job and be prepared to be flexible. P – Preparation and practice. You must prepare so that you know the material on the day and are able to deliver it in a meaningful way to your audience. Prepare for them in advance. A - Audience. Fitting that it comes first.

How to answer the dreaded question: "Tell us something about yourself"

Speak Schmeak

You KNOW you will have to introduce yourself, and therefore you have the opportunity to prepare. Prepare What's the group about and what information would be relevant to them? Stand tall Make eye contact, smile, and hold your head high. Good posture and eye contact demonstrate confidence and show that you're not embarrassed about who you are and what you have to say. Make eye contact with a couple of people.

2011 100

Trying something new before your presentation? Big mistake!

Speak Schmeak

I've seen her speak before, and she's usually very confident, with good eye contact and a strong physical presence onstage. I wondered if she had just been handed the introduction, because she didn't look comfortable or prepared. The herbs made her feel "amped," and for this particular speaker, amped is the opposite of how she likes to prepare herself. Most of us have rituals that help us prepare for presentations, conscious or not. Speakers Preparation

2012 109

Surviving the mini-presentation: Your self-introduction

Speak Schmeak

It can also be poorly prepared, uninteresting, and forgettable. I suggest always being prepared to give a basic self-introduction. How can you always be prepared with a snappy introduction that shows your personality and helps people get to know you a bit? In addition to having your self-introduction mostly prepared, try to give yourself a moment to gather your thoughts when it's finally your turn. Make eye contact with one or two people.

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. I hear speakers blurt out all kinds of things at the beginning of their talks: "I didn't have time to prepare," or "I've never spoken in front of this many people," or "I don't have time to tell you everything I want to say."

2011 157

Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

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? However, if the panel is not on a stage, and you're seated at eye level with the audience, and there are more than 20 or 30 people in the room, then you should stand. Quick Fixes Preparation The Business of Speaking

2012 156

How to Become Great in Public Speaking: Presenting Best Practices

SlideModel

Spur of the moment speeches, delivered without any preparation, agenda, or notes. You deliver a prepared speech from memory without any aids. Careful preparation is needed. Researchers found that humans perceive prolonged eye watching as an existential threat.

What Makes a Great Graduation Speech

SlideModel

Continuity will not only help you prepare your speech more easily, but it will help keep your audience engaged throughout the presentation. A great way to make this happen, is by creating a very particular PowerPoint Presentation that can be really eye-catching and creative.