August 20, 2019 11:55 am Published by

Imagine you are delivering a presentation at work and you are using slides.

What is the one thing you can do that will guarantee your colleagues will either fall asleep or be rushing to the exit door?

It is turning your back to them as you speak and reading directly from your presentation slides.

Colleagues love it when you face them. Allow your audience to read from the presentation slides as you talk and fill in any gaps to add context to the words on the screen.

By facing your audience, they will will feel connected to you and can look them in the eyes as you emphasise an important message.

But if your back is turned and you are facing away from them, how can they feel connected to you?
Remember 60% of what we say is through our non-verbal communication.

So if you want to turn off your audience and send them to sleep, keep reading from the slides and have your body turned away from them.

If you don’t want to turn them off and want to feel confident and engage with them, speak to your audience and not the slides, they will thank you for it.

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