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Capture an Audience's Attention: Points on Posture, Eye, Contact and More by Marjorie Brody The way we deliver our message to other people is made up of three components, what I call the three V's: Visual, Vocal, Verbal. Each carries a percentage of the listeners' perception of the total message. These overall percentages can vary based upon the speaker, the subject and the audience. However, the visual component usually carries the most weight with audience members -- a person's body language, posture, eye contact and facial expressions are the main areas in this equation. This follows the theory that first impressions count. Posture Have you ever watched a speaker sway or rock at the podium or in front of a room? It's very distracting and can detract from even the most interesting presentation. How you appear to the audience will have an impact on their reaction to what you are going to tell them. Your posture and the way you conduct yourself on the platform is an important part of your presentation. Your objective is to be comfortable and controlled while you are presenting. You want the audience to see that you are relaxed and in control (no matter how you really feel!). Stand up and spread your feet about 6 to 8 inches apart, parallel to each other with your toes pointed straight ahead to achieve a comfortable speaking position. Then, flex your knees and put your weight on the balls of your feet. Standing in this position will stop any swaying or rocking motion and will diminish any distracting heel movements. Stand up straight and face the audience head-on. Keep your posture open with arms relaxed and hanging down at your sides. If your arms are crossed in front it may make you seem defensive. Hold your head up high with your chin up. Having your chin raised gives you the aura of being in control; chin down connotes acquiescence. Visual signals that make you appear not to be in control will detract from your presentation. Reading from prepared notes or a script contributes to the problem of lowering your chin. One way to eliminate this is to use 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. Write on only the top two-thirds of the page so your eye doesn't move down or you drop your chin, which also makes your voice go down. If you must read word for word from a manuscript, use the scope technique -- slide your thumb and pointer finger down the page, scoping one section at a time. This will help you to find your place after you look up at the audience. It is critical that the manuscript is easy to read. When you are seated, you want to look energized and confident. You don't want to lean or slouch or appear too comfortable or relaxed. Proper seated posture when you are presenting (or just want to look good at a meeting) is sitting straight up in your chair, spine straight, with your feet flat on the floor and hands open on the table. You Can Use Gestures Effectively
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course BAD 3000 taught by Professor Davidwilliams during the Spring '08 term at The University of Oklahoma.

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