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Presentation Skills Handout Delivery Skills #1 EYE CONTACT Skillful eye contact is beneficial for the presenter and for the listener. For the presenter, it allows you to rest your eyes on one person at a time. Since we all feel comfortable in one-one conversation, focusing on one person at a time calms us done. For an audience, eye contact allows greater engagement. They will feel more involved in your presentation, and will find it easier to listen to your message. HOW: Sustain eye contact for 3-5 seconds per person, or one complete thought. Move your eyes from person to person deliberately, be careful to look at both sides of the room equally. Don’t scan the room briefly resting your eyes on everyone for one second. Slow your focus down. Use eye contact to have a “min-conversation” with each person in your audience. With large groups, hold eye contact with general areas of the room, so that no one feels left out. WHY: Expresses confidence and credibility Show interest and concern for the audience Calms you down PRACTICE IDEAS: Place Post-its on a wall when you are practicing. Make sustained eye contact with each Post-it for 5 seconds while practicing your talk. When you are conversing with friends or family, practice maintaining eye contact for slightly longer than you normally would. Pay attention and see hot it feels to hold eye contact. WATHC OUT FOR: Blinking. Try to limit blinking by allowing your eyes to gently rest on each member of the audience. Individual differences. Be sensitive to people who clearly are avoiding your eye contact. It may be that their cultural background does not value eye contact. Or they might be shy. If you see that someone is uncomfortable with your eye contact, back off. Playing favorites. We all have a tendency to look at those audience members who are nodding and smiling. Don’t neglect your supporters, but remember to engage with everyone in your audience. This handout was developed by Applied Materials, Inc. 1
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Presentation Skills Handout Delivery Skill #2 POSTURE Good posture is critical to an energetic, confident presentation. Correct presentation posture is often referred as to “neutral posture”. When you use neutral posture, your energy will flow and enhance your message. Be sure to use your neutral posture throughout your presentation, and to return to it whenever you move, look at your notes, change slides, or make a gesture. Your posture is the foundation for all of your delivery skills. Think of your posture like the foundation of a house. It must be strong and level to support the rest of the structure. HOW: Feet shoulder distance apart. Weight evenly balanced on both feet.
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