When listening to speakers present, its clear, almost instantly, whether you’re engaged or your mind is wandering. Sometimes your eyes are memorized by the presenter’s every move and others you’re five minutes in and already you’re subtly checking your phone for new email.
When it comes to preparing your own presentations, you fear you are the boring presenter. You’ve spent the last fifteen hours tweaking your PowerPoint slides to perfection and you wonder if anyone will notice. Or worse, care.
You try to remember the best presentations you’ve ever watched and what made them so memorable. Was it their facial expressions? Timely hand gestures? Impeccable annunciation?
In the end, it all comes down to practice, practice, practice. But, a few helpful tips can shorten the learning curve and put you on the fast-track to public speaking success.
This infographic by Soap Presentations focuses specifically on enhancing your presentation skills though body language.
Not just presentation skills
Body language is a form of communication. It shapes how people perceive you and like it or not, that can have a profound impact on where you end up in life both personally and professionally.
This TED talk by Amy Cuddy is one of my favorites on this topic. She talks about how our own non-verbal communication impacts more than just how others perceive us, but also how we see ourselves.
Does your body language suggest you are powerful or powerless? Think about practicing a power position before your next presentation to increase testosterone in your system and boost confidence levels.
What changes will YOU make today?
(Photos sourced from Amy Cuddy’s presentation. Go watch it if you haven’t already. It’s awesome.)