8 tips to make your eye contact more powerful

Speaking about Presenting

Even a newbie at public speaking knows they should make eye contact. But the term eye contact is rather vague. It can infer just making fleeting “contact” with a person then moving on. Don’t make eye contact – make “eye connection&#. Eye connection means spending time with each person so that person feels like you’re just talking to them. Here are my tips on how to make eye connection: 1.

How to Assess Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

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. They prepare, rehearse, and get out there over and over. Nervousness and public speaking go hand-in-hand. And in all my years as a presentations skills coach, I’ve found that people’s anxiety tends to fall into one of four categories.

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PRESENTATION MANNERS

Professionally Speaking...

When creating and rehearsing your presentation, ensure your material fills only about 80% of the scheduled time, thus allowing sufficient flexibility for questions and discussion. 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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10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-format Talk

Duarte Blog

The amount of rehearsal time is inversely proportionate to the length of the talk. The shorter the talk, the longer the rehearsal time. In this case, for an 18-minute talk, we took approximately 18 hours to rehearse. Here are the ten steps I went through in rehearsing for my talks. Rehearse with a great (honest) communicator. In my case, I rehearsed with my ExComm Manager Krystin. She has gotten very good at rehearsing me and became a trusted coach.

Happy Holidays

Professionally Speaking...

the well-rehearsed speaker kept her audience in thrall. She had stories and eye contact, confidence galore, the audience loved her for she was no bore. . . ''Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hall. Her metaphors were crisp, her words well chosen, on her the attention of the people was frozen. . The slides on the screen had been created with care; no over-used templates or bullet points there.

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Body Language Practicum I - Power Poses

Professionally Speaking...

Your audience reads clues from a myriad of things about you other than what you say: how you stand; your facial expressions; gestures; eye contact. When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first. But you don't make eye contact, you stand with your arms crossed in front of your chest and you frown frequently throughout the presentation. What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Preparation – your key to confident public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

If you memorise those you can be sure you will use the words you chose for the greatest impact, and you can concentrate on delivery and especially on eye contact. Rehearsal is vitally important. Have a dress rehearsal. Contact the liaison person to confirm details. fear of public speaking public speaking nerves public speaking rehearsal speeches public speaking confidence

6 tips for using teleprompters

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  President Reagan was particularly good at let his head movements vary, lagging the movement of his eyes, so that he appeared to be making natural eye contact with his audience.   That can work quite well – the best of both worlds – with this important caveat:   you must rehearse with the teleprompter operator.   Let’s just say that rehearsal is key. Should you use a teleprompter?    If so, what are the traps for the unwary? 

Presentation tips for PowerPoint

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Rehearse with and without the slides. This prevents you from making eye contact with the audience, and prevents them from hearing you. This is an extract of a training session that I present “Putting the POWER back into PowerPoint”. Nowadays, many of us use PowerPoint for our presentations. While there are many courses and books on the technical side of how to create slides, there is very little material available on how to create effective slides and presentations.

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10 Steps You Can Take Right Now to Improve Your Presentations

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Pause before you start to speak – Wait 3 seconds, making eye contact with the audience, before you start speaking.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Storytelling Visual Aids   Lose the Power Point – when you put up Power Point slides you ask the audience to look at 2 – or 3 – things at once: you, your slides, perhaps a printout of your slides. That’s distracting.

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Can you change the world in 15 minutes?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  And finally, in the delivery section, he makes good (if rather basic) points about eye contact, but strays into dangerous territory when he tells people to “exaggerate” as a way of making your presentation more interesting.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Visual Aids

How to stop worrying about forgetting what you want to say

Speaking about Presenting

Rehearse. Rehearsal is always useful. Rehearse the transitions between your points. 8 presentation tips to make your eye contact more powerful. Do you have a fear of missing out something critical from your presentation? This concern can sabotage your presentation in three ways: To alleviate your concern you put everything you want to say on your slides. You write a script and read from it.

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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. We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.”

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How do you connect with your audience? -- Part I

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Walk down the street in a small town, and note when you make eye contact with approaching strangers and when they make eye contact with you. You’ll see that you keep your eyes, at minimum, on each other, and usually you’ll change your entire physical orientation when someone moves into your personal space. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing

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A Holiday Presentation Poem

Professionally Speaking...

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hall the well-rehearsed speaker kept her audience in thrall. She had stories and eye contact, confidence galore, the audience loved her for she was no bore. I'm participating in Angela DeFinis' Blog Carnival on Public Speaking and the Holidays. Head on over to check out other authors' tips and insights. . Her metaphors were crisp, her words well chosen, on her the attention of the people was frozen.

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How to keep to time during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Generally, live presentations take longer than the rehearsal. When you do a final rehearsal , note down the time that each segment takes and then take that information to prepare a timed schedule. Waffling is one of the things that can make a live presentation go longer than the rehearsal. Related posts: 8 presentation tips to make your eye contact more powerful. Photo credit: zoutedrop. Do you regularly go over time when you’re delivering a presentation?

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Reading a Speech

Manner of Speaking

You will be able to maintain eye contact with the audience. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. His Squidoo Lens is also worth a look.

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Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

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. Try these ideas to help you focus on how you show up: audio record your rehearsals so you can assess if your voice sounds upbeat and positive. Actors rehearse their lines over and over to get the rhythm and pacing perfect.

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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. Rehearse on videotape in front of colleagues/advisors who can give you critical, honest feedback. Many executives give a substantial enough number of speeches and presentations that it may not be feasible to rehearse and internalize each of them to the point where they can be delivered with only minimum notes.

Speaking with a Teleprompter

Professionally Speaking...

Know your teleprompter operator and rehearse several times with him/her. Set your own pace; a skilled operator should be able to follow you and adjust the scrolling words to suit your pace, but don't leave this to chance by not rehearsing. Have a few people in the audience while you are rehearsing so they can assess the effectiveness of your eye contact. Teleprompters are a relatively recent addition to the field of oratory.

Use the Power of Practice to Build Your Speaking Skills

DeFinis Communications

You have to prepare your content and then take the time to practice and rehearse your delivery even when you think you don’t have the time to practice or don’t want to practice. During these practice sessions, ask people to comment on specific things you want to improve, such as vocal skills, gestures, eye contact, etc. The psychologist and philosopher William James famously wrote: “99% of our activity is purely automatic; all of our life is nothing but a mass of habits.”

4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

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. They plan and prepare their presentation and put in many hours of rehearsal, but they also know that is just the beginning. Back in 1990, Ron Hoff wrote a popular book about public speaking entitled I Can See You Naked.

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The truth about visualization for public speaking success

Speaking about Presenting

rehearsing. A normal audience tends to have some people who are nodding and smiling, some people who are looking vaguely interested and some people who don’t make eye contact. It’s called a rational visualization or coping rehearsal (Froggatt W “Fearless: your guide to overcoming anxiety&# 2003). In your mind you’ll have rehearsed coping effectively with things going wrong.

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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. We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.”

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Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

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 discomfort. They prepare, rehearse, and gain insight from every speaking engagement. When it comes to nervousness in front of a group, I have noticed people generally fall into one of four categories, which I describe as the following four levels.

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Want your presentation to knock 'em dead? Use tips from comedy! Guest post by David Nihill

Speak Schmeak

Rehearsed Spontaneity How do comedians make it look so spontaneous and unrehearsed? Start Strong Rehearse your opening 30 seconds the most. If you are visibly nervous, have a fresh stain on your shirt, a foreign accent, if there is anything unusual about you physically that the audience might fixate on the start is the time to address this (get a laugh) and move on so the audience can focus Smile and make eye contact with as many people as possible.

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Breaking Bad Habits in Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

The annoying behavior videotape exposes may be avoiding eye contact with the audience, clenching hands into fists, using an abundance of filler words [ um , ah , like , you know ], putting hands in and out of pockets, absentmindedly fidgeting with glasses, hair or jewelry. If, for example, you're not making frequent and meaningful eye contact with the audience, choose to work on this before you move on to eradicating ums and ahs.

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4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies

DeFinis Communications

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. They plan and prepare their presentation and put in many hours of rehearsal, but they also know that is just the beginning. Back in 1990, Ron Hoff wrote a popular book about public speaking entitled I Can See You Naked.

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Cues, Cues, Everywhere: How to Read Your Audience

DeFinis Communications

Here are some of the positive behaviors to look for when you’re reading your audience: . · Nodding and smiling. · Leaning forward. · Taking notes. · Making eye contact with you. · Looking serious, intent and interested. · Asking relevant questions. · Laughing at your stories or jokes. . When you do you will find all the information you need to make a meaningful connection right before your very eyes.

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Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

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 discomfort. They prepare, rehearse, and gain insight from every speaking engagement. When it comes to nervousness in front of a group, I have noticed people generally fall into one of four categories, which I describe as the following four levels.

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How To Do a Proper Thesis Defense Using the Right PowerPoint Presentation

SlideModel

Rehearse Your Presentation. Your rehearsal will be more effective if you practice it in front of an audience. This is completely fine and it’s something you should practice in rehearsal should you be afraid. Keep an eye contact. Writing a thesis is stressful but preparing an oral defense can be even more painful.

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It’s January 31, 2011: Do You Know Where Your New Year’s Resolutions Are?

DeFinis Communications

Rehearsing in front of my team, colleagues, friends. Practicing one skill every week—eye contact, speaking slowly, enunciation, etc. You took the time to think about the areas in your life where you’d like to make changes and you carefully crafted your 2011 New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you wrote them down, typed them up, put them on your wall, or shared them with your friends and family. Now, here it is a few weeks into the New Year. How are you doing on those resolutions?

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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. I’ve heard that he works hard to prepare and even harder to rehearse so that every moment is well coordinated. 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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"How do you wean yourself from the lectern?" 4 ways

The Eloquent Woman

It''s far easier to sense audience reactions, make eye contact and engage the audience if you''re liberated from behind the bench, so to speak. Answer a question down in front: If you get a question from someone in the front of the audience, step out from behind the lectern to answer it and make eye contact, then return to your post. "How do you wean yourself from the lectern?"

How to Deliver Bad News

Executive Speech Coach

Tips for Giving Bad News i Be well rehearsed. i Maintain steady eye contact. i Be objective - focus on the issue. i Look and sound confident. i Stand still and avoid making big gestures. i Demonstrate empathy – not sympathy. i Be brief. Explain the cause and the decision. i Be clear. Be direct. Don’t use vague metaphors. i Announce if you will take questions and the rules. i If you plan to be available for private discussion – tell them when and how. i Clarify the next step.

Nine awesome techniques for managing presentation and public speaking nerves

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Some people also imagine how things could go wrong in the future, in effect they mentally rehearse failure. 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. Plan in 30m a day for a couple of weeks to develop your content and structure and then to write and rehearse it.

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. 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. I have noticed that many speakers dread the traditional Presentation Question Time slot at the end of their presentation.

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Presentation Tip: President Obama and How to be Credible

Professionally Speaking...

An assured demeanor, a confident tone of voice and strong eye contact help the audience believe that you are worth listening to and are going to provide them relevant and useful information. In spite of the complexity of the health care reform issue, Mr. Obama was well versed in his facts, figures and examples, well rehearsed and able to synthesize the necessary information to respond to questions.

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

Presentation Zen

Anderson is not slick or over rehearsed, he speaks in a human voice, imperfections and all. 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.

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Ann Medlock's "near-TED" experience

The Eloquent Woman

Rehearse and be spontaneous. Even better, she describes how it felt to go through the talk, including: how it feels to speak in such a large venue that you can't relate to the audience with eye contact (too many lights, size of room); how she planned and actually executed her speech; what she did to compensate for a last-minute equipment change (yes, that even happens at TED); how she compared herself to the speakers before and after.

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Five Habits of Highly Effective Public Speakers

Executive Speech Coach

Rehearse it. Rehearse dealing with difficult questions. That will include some of the techniques above – telling stories, pausing and making friendly eye contact. You can consistently deliver more effective presentations if you develop the habits of highly effective speakers. Success is a matter of habit. Clear Purpose Start your presentation with the end in mind. The only reason to speak is to move people. So start preparing by thinking about this question.

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Nine awesome techniques for overcoming fear of public speaking

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 become in reality. Aim to make and hold good eye contact with your audience. Plan in 30mins a day for a couple of weeks to develop your content and structure and then to write and rehearse it. 7) Rehearse rehearse, rehearse. The more I rehearse, the more confident I become.

How Decker Made Me Different

Duarte Blog

We worked on three key areas: Eye contact. I scan the audience and don’t look anyone in the eye, I’m swaying and leaning on one foot or the other, I keep my hands cupped in front of me and my legs crossed. My movements are more intentional, my stance is more grounded and my eyes aren’t darting around from side to side. Kelly felt like I had good facial expression but she had to work on my eye contact for quite a while.

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