Tracey Spicer: Top Tips for Presenting

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Take a look at Tracey Spicer's five top tips for presenting.


Tip #1: You are only talking to one person

Whether you’re hosting a national TV show, presenting to a conference, or speaking to colleagues, you need to connect individually. When working to camera, visualise one person: a member of the demographic of your audience, or a non-judgmental loved one. If it’s a crowd, give direct eye contact to as many people as possible, not just the front row.


Tip #2: Remember the Rule of Threes

Both Voltaire and Pythagoras believed humans remembered things in groups of three. This will help you to memorise facts, and your audience to remember them. In simple communications theory, everything must have a clear beginning, middle and end.


Tip #3: Body language and gestures

Consider how you are framed when moving your body. If it’s a mid-shot on TV, make your gestures smaller. However, if you’re on stage in a convention centre, use bigger gestures to add energy to your performance.


Tip #4: Pace, pause and projection

Vary your pace: speed it up for the positive; slow it down for the negative. Confident speakers use the power of pause to re-frame, or draw attention to, the key message. Always add an extra 10% projection, to reach out and grab the audience.


Tip #5: Zen and the art of breathing

When presenting, you must be in the moment. If your mind wanders, you will lose your content, connection and confidence. Always take ten medium-to-deep breaths before your performance. This will relieve muscle tension and improve cognition.


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