- Don’t end sentences with a question sound.
- Be loud enough so that the person in the back of the room can hear you.
- Don’t use filler words like ‘umn’ — remain silent instead. Breath between each sentence
- Use short sentences. Leave a longer pause between main points.
- Sound like you’re happy to be presenting.
- Stand with your feet flat on the ground. Don’t shift your weight back & forth.
- Shoulders back.
- Hands down at your side when not gesturing.
- Move between points. Take at least 3 steps.
- Move around the room. Don’t worry about the camera. Don’t worry about standing in front of the slides.
Engagement with Audience
- Make 2-3 second eye contact with each member of your audience.
- Look at them until you feel engaged/connected, and then move on.
- Do not read your slides or notes! The best way to do this is to ensure that you can’t read the slides by only putting up critical information/fragments/nouns. Do not put full sentences on your slides.
- Put big ideas on your notes (if you *must* use them). Don’t put the same thing on your notes as it on the screen.
- Do *not* write out an entire speech.
- Be careful about looking at your presentation on the screen. Make sure you’re primarily looking at the audience, and not cycling back & forth.
- Big gestures are calming
- Little gestures are nervous
- Don’t do the ‘chipmunk with a nut‘ posture of holding your hands in front.