13 tips that will greatly improve your online presentation skills. If you follow these tips, you will absolutely nail your next presentation over Zoom or Microsoft Meetings or any other virtual meetings platform. The advice will help teachers, students, and any other professionals who needs to get their message across in an engaging, dynamic, and memorable way.
You’re sitting down for dinner with an old friend to catch up. You’re in the middle of sharing an anecdote when their phone dings. Their eyes shift to the screen, and they slide their device into their lap to send a reply. Most of us have been on both sides of this scenario, and while it may seem harmless, these kinds of distractions during our everyday interactions can make people feel unheard or unimportant, fragment our attention, and hurt our relationships. On the other hand, research shows that active listening — putting your full focus on your conversational partner to truly understand their message — can help us anticipate problems, resolve conflicts, expand our knowledge and build trust. Like any skill, active listening can be practiced and cultivated. Here are three key ways to become a better listener.
“Have you ever had this experience?” asks physicist Dominic Walliman in a TEDxEastVan Talk. “You’re having a chat with someone, and they’re telling you something about a subject they’re very interested in or they know a lot about, and you’re following along. Then, at some stage you realize you kind of lost the thread of what they’re saying … You realize you have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.”
The 40 or so muscles in the human face can be activated in different combinations to create thousands of expressions. But do these expressions look the same and communicate the same meaning around the world regardless of culture? Is one person’s smile another’s grimace? Sophie Zadeh investigates.
Have you ever talked with a friend about a problem, only to realize that he just doesn’t seem to grasp why the issue is so important to you? Have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion? What’s going on here? Katherine Hampsten describes why miscommunication occurs so frequently, and how we can minimize frustration while expressing ourselves better.
Having the freedom to pick a topic to speak about can be challenging. Are you feeling a little stumped about what to talk to your audience about? In this video, the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ramona Smith, shares advice on how to pick a topic that connects with your audience and keeps them engaged start to finish.
Have you ever been called on to talk in a meeting or in class, and you felt like you forgot everything you’ve ever known? It can be intimidating to be put on the spot to speak, but follow the advice of Ramona Smith, the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, and you’ll be able to handle impromptu speaking like a professional.
Have you ever seen someone give a speech or presentation, and the whole time they stood stiffly at the lectern or podium? It can be boring to watch someone give a speech or presentation when they don’t use movement to keep you engaged. The 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ramona Smith, will help you plan how to effectively use appropriate body language to captivate your audience!
Have you ever felt nervous or anxious when you had to speak in front of other people? Or are you preparing for a class or work presentation and want to feel confident so you can do your absolute best? In this video, the 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ramona Smith, breaks down 5 tips that will help you prepare for and give your best presentation or speech yet!