You’ve got a big persuasive pitch coming up, and you are wondering how to get your audience on board. Before you ever start practicing or deciding what you’re going to wear for the big day, you need to figure out what stands between your audience and your goal. Knowing the following persuasive … [Read more...] about The 4 Persuasive Pitfalls You Need To Avoid
Eye contact is one of the most powerful and intimate forms of nonverbal communication. Think of all the things you can communicate simply by using your eyes: rudeness, interest, recognition, empathy, love; the list could go on and on. In America, we have been raised to believe that you can trust … [Read more...] about 4 Tips for Effective Eye Contact
Recently, the Microsoft Corporation conducted research to determine how technology was affecting humans. One of the things they found was that the human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. What does that mean? It means our fight as presenters who aim to captivate our audiences … [Read more...] about May I Have Your Attention, Please?
Have you ever backed away when someone was talking too close to you? Have you ever felt uncomfortable speaking on a raised stage where your audience was several feet below you? Have you ever struggled to focus during a presentation when your seat wasn’t directly aimed at the speaker? That, my … [Read more...] about Proxemics: How We Use Space to Communicate
Slide remote. Wireless presenter. You know, the clicker thing. While we can’t agree on a good name for the wireless, hand-held device used to advance slides during a presentation, we can agree that a good one can be a big help to your presentation. But what’s the best choice? After years of working … [Read more...] about Choosing A Slide Remote
We butted heads the entire semester. As a professor who prides herself on being both challenging academically and invested relationally, it was a tough situation for me. This student entered my class with all the confidence in the world, assured of her skills in public speaking, so she was floored … [Read more...] about How To Connect With Your Audience
A few years ago, my daughter Eleanor decided to participate in our county’s 4-H speech contest. I teach and write about public speaking for a living, and I have plenty of experience in it myself, but when my daughter looked and me and said, “I want to write a speech about Venus Fly Traps, but I … [Read more...] about Developing Strong Content
Want to give your next presentation more energy and impact? Think speed. Rate of speech is a powerful tool that speakers can use in a presentation, but more often than not, it’s a tool that goes unused. We think about what we are going to say and how we are going to say it, but we rarely think about … [Read more...] about Rate of Speech: The Powerful Tool You Aren’t Using