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
When students enter my public speaking courses, saying “um” is one of the biggest things they are worried about. They’ve come to believe that using filler words is one of the worst things you can do as a presenter. I have to work to convince them that are more important things to focus on and that a … [Read more...] about Getting Rid of Filler Words in Your Speech
Imagine you are meeting a friend for lunch. You arrive early and are seated at a table. Your friend enters the restaurant, and before she’s even said a word, you can tell she’s had a rough day. How? Because humans are naturally equipped to read body language. Body language is part of nonverbal … [Read more...] about Presenting With Warmth and Confidence
We may call them lecturns or podiums or stands. Whatever you call them, there are many differing ideas on whether or not speakers should stand behind a lecturn. I generally remind speakers that whatever comes between you and the audience, comes between you and the audience. It’s essentially a … [Read more...] about Should I Speak Behind a Lecturn?
Once upon a time, I was a radio DJ in the Chicago market. I initially thought voice talent would be my life’s work, but I found after about three years on the radio, I longed for a form of communication that was a bit more interactive. So I left the studio, and I carried the vocal lessons I learned … [Read more...] about Exploring Your Vocal Pitch
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
I often tell my students that you can tell how experienced a speaker is by how she uses pauses. Beginning speakers are scared of silence; they are afraid to stop talking for fear that they’ll lose their place in the presentation or the audience will feel uncomfortable. But accomplished speakers know … [Read more...] about How To Use Pauses When You Speak
The art of reading your audience is one that every presenter must learn to master. This simple skill can help you move from good to great in regards to your overall presentation skills, because it allows you to respond to immediate feedback in the moment. On the flip side a presenter who can’t read … [Read more...] about 3 Cues to Watch for when Reading Your Audience