A recent study by German Psychologists suggests that eye contact may not be advantageous to your cause if you are trying to persuade your audience to adopt your position or viewpoint. The research indicates that making eye contact with someone who does not agree with you appears to harden their resolve against your view point. Continue reading →
Are your presentations heard and listened to? Sitting through a presentation where the speaker can barely be heard or is uninteresting to listen too is not enjoyable for an audience. No matter the situation there are two goals you need to achieve with your voice when you deliver a presentation. You need to ensure that Continue reading →
One of the most powerful sounds in any speech is the sound of silence. Sadly its not often heard. Inexperienced public speakers are loathe to have no sound filling the air; instead pushing through their speech or filling the airwaves with the classic filler phrases of Um and Ah. Pausing in your speech provides Continue reading →
In this video I examine the five biggest mistakes made by presenters when speaking in public and how you can easily avoid them.
Watching the movie Lincoln I was expecting to see many examples of audiences enthralled by acts of great public speaking by Abraham Lincoln. However I was struck most by a scene in which Tommy Lee Jones character, Congressmen Thaddeus Stevens, stands before the House of Representatives to present his view on the thirteenth amendment. Continue reading →