My students had been chatting in between speeches like they normally did. Discussing weekend plans, complaining about upcoming assignments, or exchanging campus gossip. I called Mark to the front of the room for his speech. Mark was usually someone who kept us all laughing. He added warmth to our … [Read more...] about How to Set the Tone for Your Presentation
Mirroring. It’s the way humans either inadvertently or intentionally copy the communication patterns of the people they are communicating with. You can mirror nonverbal or verbal communication, anything from copying the way someone holds his arms to mimicking someone's speech pitch or patterns. My … [Read more...] about How To Use Mirroring to Connect with Others
Some statistics say approximately 75% of the population suffers from presentation anxiety. Other studies show that number closer to 28%. While the statistics may vary, there is no doubt that the fear of public speaking is very real for a lot of people. The truth is, we may never completely get rid … [Read more...] about How To Reframe Your Fear of Public Speaking
Asking someone “What kind of notes should I speak from?” is like asking someone else to buy shoes for you. Speaker's notes are ultimately a matter of fit and comfort. Notes must be adapted to each speaker's personal preference and speaking style. The following tips can help you take your notes, and … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Using Speaker’s Notes
What if I completely blank out during my presentation? This is understandably one of the most common fears associated with presentation anxiety. No one enjoys standing in front of an audience only to have his or her brain freeze up. But why exactly does this phenomenon happen, and what should you do … [Read more...] about What If I Blank Out While Presenting?
We have many books that tell us exactly how to cite sources when writing. We can use an MLA or APA stylebook to put together that dreaded “works cited” list. But when it comes to speaking, things get a little muddy. Below are a few guidelines we can use to clear things up and give proper credit to … [Read more...] about 3 Tips for Citing Sources in a Presentation
We know that much of our communication is nonverbal. Some researchers even estimate that up to 70-80% of communication can come from things like tone of voice and body language. One of the elements of nonverbal communication that speakers need to be aware of is posture. While I’ve seen hundreds of … [Read more...] about 4 Postures to Avoid When Presenting
If you get nervous about public speaking, you’ve probably had people tell you things like: “A little bit of nervousness is good for you” or “Just take a deep breath and try to calm down.” But how accurate is that advice? Let’s take a look at the science behind presentation anxiety and see how some … [Read more...] about What Science Says About Presentation Anxiety