SPEECH AND SPEAKING TIPS 42 – 43

Tip 42

STUDY OTHERS AND IMPROVE (Eyes)

When watching television presenters and guests, consider the part their eyes and eye movement play in focussing you on their messages. Eyes can be manipulated and controlled to show happiness, joy, concern, grief, decisiveness, hesitation and a heal of in-between moods.

Consider that when we are talking with others, be that on a one-to-one basis all the way through to major audiences, our eyes help tell the story. Watchers and audience members remember eyes. They are organs of message reinforcement. Keep them attentive and make them live in support of you as a communicator.
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Tip 43

STUDY OTHERS AND IMPROVE (Gesture)

Those presenting on or for television should not undervalue gesture. Movement of arms, hands, head, neck and other parts of the body can help by giving particular emphasis to what speakers, be they presenters, questioners or respondents, are saying.

Without gesture, those appearing on our screens can appear to be almost un-alive and inanimate. Too much gesture, be it pacing, flapping of the arms, overuse of the forearms, hands and fingers in making points, can be distracting.

We can all learn from what we see. We also learn about what to do, by becoming aware of what not to do, by seeing the ‘dont’s’ in others.
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