How to Standout as a Great Presenter

Gestures and facial animation? How important can that be? According to the Director of Science of People and Human Behavior analyzed over 760 Ted Talks and set out to interpret the correlation between the number of video views and the perceived speakers credibility, charisma and intelligence. The results were very surprising and are worth talking about in more detail. Take a look at the video:

The highlights from the video include:

#1 Body language is incredibly important i.e. your non-verbal actions are just as important as your verbal. Contrary to what most of us think about presenting.

# 2 The more gestures a speaker exhibited during their talk resulted in the more successful the talk. Average Ted Talker uses 272 gestures. The top ted talkers use an average of 465 gestures. Check Simon Sinek, Temple Grandin & Jane McGonigal.

# 3 Scripts kills energy, passion and authenticity. Vocal variety is key to keeping your listeners attention. People can tell how you feel about your talk and your listener through your vocal energy. The more scripted, the less vocal variety and conviction. It’s key to be organized and prepared but scripts will kill your charisma and lose your listener.

# 4 Smiling during the speech was correlated directly to, even when they were speaking about something serious. Those who smiled for at least 14 seconds or more were rated higher in intelligence than those who didn’t. Even in serious talks, smiling helps the listener connect with and trust their credibility.

# 5 You have 7 seconds to engage your listener. Viewers that watched the first 7 seconds rated the speaker the same as those that watched the entire talk. People make their first impression in the first 7 seconds. That means your entrance and opening needs to be dynamic.

All of these lessons can be taken into our personal and professional lives. How we speak to our bosses, companions and friends is crucial and if we take some of these to heart we may become more successful at them.

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