Posture Guidelines

Voice

  • 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.

Energy

  • Sound like you’re happy to be presenting.
  • Smile!

Posture

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Gestures

  • Big gestures are calming
  • Little gestures are nervous
  • Don’t do the ‘chipmunk with a nut‘ posture of holding your hands in front.