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|Anchoring to One Side of the Room||Scoping and Targeting for Interaction|
|Building a Presenter's Triangle||Shifting Weight to Look Relaxed|
|Three Positions in the Triangle||Gesturing to Get Help|
|Rest & Power - Angles of the Body||Avoiding Filler Words (um, er, etc.)|
Anchoring to One Side
When using visual support, present from the
reading-anchor side of the room.
The Presenter's Triangle™
Body language is based on proximity --- how close or how far you are from people.
The Presenter's Triangle is an imaginary space in which to move while speaking.
The Presenter's Triangle™ only uses three positions or places for movement within the defined space.
This allows for consistency in delivery.
Rest & Power
Only TWO angles of your body are needed for emphasis.
The REST position is when you stand at a 45-degree angle to the room.
The POWER position is when you square-off (90-degree angle) to the back of the room.
Scoping and Targeting
Interaction is effectively achieved through an "offer" where the audience knows who is invited to participate and who is selected.
"Scoping" defines those included in the offer (as in a question, for example).
"Targeting" denotes a choice among those who accept the offer (such as those who raise a hand to participate).
To make gestures appear "natural" your weight should be shifted to one foot or the other.
This shifting will allow your body to look relaxed and in command of the material.
Gesturing for Help
Once the hands are established as communication tools, you can use gestures to reference content without appearing as if you are reading information or getting help on the topic from the visual.
"Fillers" are the sounds we make in-between the words we say, such as: um, er, okay, right, etc.
This is the mind "thinking out loud" but the audience should not be hearing anything except silence while you are thinking.
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