Jul 24, 2018
Much of the communication we have with folks is non-verbal, and facial expressions play a big part in that.
When we conduct a presentation, though, we lose much of that subtlety because we are further from our audience. Instead of 2 feet away we are 10 or 20 feet away. To make up for that, we need to use much bigger and more dramatic facial expressions. Smile bigger. Open your eyes wider. Exaggerate your head tilt.
In practice it may feel like you are going too far and becoming silly. That's okay. Your probably still not going far enough.
When you use bigger expressions on stage, folks will see you as more lively and will pick up more on your meaning, even if they're not sure why.
Generally -- don't. Don't memorize, internalize. Know your material well enough that you can generate the speech each time you rehearse or give it.
Of course there are some parts you should memorize.
There are some excellent reasons not to memorize the rest.
That said, sometimes the detailed script matters a lot more, whether that's due to an approval process, legal/financial disclosure, crisis management, or some other reason. Business reason sometimes demand strict adherence to the text. In that case, follow these 8 steps to memorize your talk.
Then you can move on to rehearsals.