One of the first ways to connect to your audience is to give them eye contact. Looking at who you’re speaking to is a great way to make a pathos connection — but just glancing their way isn’t enough. The way you look at your audience can also send them messages to interpret.
Here’s one of my favorite film clips that illustrates this point:
For more insight on the role of nonverbal communication, check out this post by Nick Morgan on What happens when your words and body language don’t match?
Here’s a link to some ideas from Chris Brogan on how to make better presentations — including emphasis on including WIFM appeals and a good structure. My favorite part of Brogan’s post is the list of links he gives of inspiration for great speeches. Check it out!
Throughout the term I’ll be referring to several TED talks. For one, the topics are not only interesting, but many of them are inspiring (both personally and professionally) — but I also like TED talks because they’re good examples to learn from. TED speakers are typically engaging and passionate, which are two qualities you’ll probably want to possess as a speaker.
Here’s a list that’s known as the TED Commandments (which could also be useful to you as you prepare your 401 speeches):
1. Be personal.
2. Be vulnerable.
3. Make people laugh/cry.
4. Do something the audience will remember forever.
5. Say something you’ve never said before.
6. Share an idea that could change the world.
7. Do not pitch for your company or organization.
8. Do not go over your allotted time.
9. Do not read.
10. Rehearse and be spontaneous.
Which TED talks are your favorite?