Seven Things You Should Know About Body Language

I’ve shared some stuff here before about the importance of non-verbal communication or body language. By learning to read body language, we are able to understand other people’s intents even if we don’t know their specific conscious thoughts.  With that being said, here are some more things you should know about body language. Brace yourself. These may be opposite of what you already know.

1.  Much of what the experts tell you about body language is wrong. 

2.  The face is a poor place to start reading body language. 

3.  But the face does sometimes give away our strongest feelings.

4.  Body language signals intent, not specific meaning.

5.  You’re much better at reading the body language of people you know than any expert. 

6.  To read body language accurately, don’t think about it.

7.  You have 3 brains; 2 of them are good at reading body language, your unconscious mind and your gut feeling.

Read the rest of the article about 7  Surprising Truths about Body Language

Creating Presentations that Others Can Control

PowerPoint is not only used during presentations where a live presenter presents in front of a live audience. There are other ways to use PowerPoint, two of which are:

– as an elearning tool where the learner himself can control the presentation

– as a marketing tool where the presentation can run by itself.

Below, PowerPoint guru, Ellen Finkelstein, teaches us how to create presentations that others can control. Here’s what you do:

1. Add narration.

2. Add navigation for people to move through your presentation.

3. Disable clicking to advance slides.

4. Save the presentation as a show. 

To find out more about creating presentations that others can control, please head to:

How to create a self-running presentation

Presentation Lessons from a Newbie

I’ve been reading  the ethos3 blog for a log while now and I just learned that the author of this blog also has little experience in presentation itself  despite the fact that he writes about it day in and day out. So when he threw his proverbial hat into the ring, he experienced for himself those lessons he kept on teaching us before. These three important lessons when it comes to presenting are:

1. Practice makes perfect so practice in front of someone you trust to give you helpful, poignant feedback.

2. A great presentation takes time, a lot of time.

3. Perspective is powerful so if you want to be calm during your presentation, come prepared.

For more insights on this matter, please head to: Inspiration from the Front Line of the Presentation Revolution

Oprah’s Storytelling Tips

You probably all know Oprah’s life story. After all, she’s not one to hide her past. She is actually very genuine and sincere when telling her story which is why a lot of people love her, find her very enthralling and captivating.

Below are some lessons we can learn from Oprah when it comes to telling a story that can not only enrich and inspire one’s audience but make them love you too and keep them craving for more.

1. Proclaiming the Personal  – by volunteering deeply personal stories about yourself, you can connect with your audience in ways that have a lasting impact.

2. Master of Emotion – by sincerely reacting to things, the audience can resonate with the speaker. For instance, how Oprah reacts (whether it’s about a horrific event, an emotional story, an inspiring event) is also how people react to the same things.

3. 100% Real – As a speaker, when you are being 100% authentic, people can feel it. This is why people love Oprah. They know she’s a genuine person, she’s real.

For more insights on this matter, please head to: Storytelling Tips from Oprah

10 Reasons Why Storytelling is Important

I’ve mentioned it here time and again that storytelling is such a powerful tool in public speaking or giving presentations. Great speakers use it. Politicians love it. But it all really started with storytellers of long ago.

Below are ten reasons why you should use storytelling in your next public speaking or presentation gig:

1. Sharing without Lecturing

2. Spontaneity

3. The More You Tell, the Better You Become

4. Replicability

5. Programmed to Learn

6. Bending Reality

7. Dramatization: Context  & Details

8. Engaging the Audience

9. It’s the Journey that Counts

10. Flexibility

For more insight, please head to:


7 Reasons Why It’s Good to Tell a Story

Storytelling is a skill that presenters and speakers aspire to have. It makes their audience more engaged as stories help convey the message of the speech or presentation more effectively. In case you want to know why storytelling is an important factor in public speaking and presenting, here are 7 reasons why:

  1. Stories expand your point.  
  2. Stories build connection by adding color, emotion and personal detail about you.
  3. Stories add drama.
  4. You can tell stories without using notes–and look more relaxed and spontaneous. 
  5. Stories let you instruct or negotiate without lecturing:
  6. We’re used to learning from stories.
  7. Stories were made to be remembered and retold.

For more insight on this matter, please head to: 7 secret advantages of the story-telling speaker

3 Steps in Increasing Audience Engagement

“In order for your audience to best retain your message and information, they need to be engaged. They need to interact. And they need to have their emotions triggered.” Here are the three basic levels:

Level 1: Ask questions

Don’t just simply share information. Ask your audience about it. This way, their mind gets more engaged and stimulated. Asking questions is actually the easiest and simplest way to get the ball rolling.
Level 2: Use analogies and examples

This level is not as easy as asking questions. When using analogies, you need to do a bit of research. You need to prepare for this and you have to get really creative.
Level 3: Get your audience moving and doing

You can do this by dividing your audience into small groups and letting them discuss a question or solve a problem among themselves. You can also let them do a group activity that’s appropriate for your topic.
For more insight on this matter, please head to:  October 12for12 Challenge: Increase audience engagement

10 Mistakes in Public Speaking

No matter how good a speaker we are, we’re only human and as such, we make mistakes from time to time. “That’s because inexperienced or unwise presenters prepare to deliver information. Smart speakers, on the other hand, understand that it’s what’s below the waterline, the huge part of the iceberg having to do with nonverbal communication, that influences their audiences most strongly.”

Having said that, there are ten mistakes in public speaking that should be avoided as much as possible. Here they are:

1. Lack of initial rapport with listeners.

2. Stiffness or woodenness in use of body.

3. Material is intellectually oriented and audience isn’t involved emotionally.

4. Speaker seems uncomfortable because of fear of failure.

5. Poor use of eye contact and facial expression.

6. Lack of humor.

7. Speech direction and intent are unclear due to improper preparation.

8. Inability to use silence for impact.

9. Lack of energy causes inappropriate pitch pattern, speech rate, and volume.

10. Use of boring language and lack of interesting material.

For more insight on this matter, please head to:

The 10 Biggest Public Speaking Errors (and How to Avoid Them)