When we’re uncomfortable in front of an audience, we tend to pace, sway, or otherwise move in detracting ways. One TED speaker coach offers advice for moving better on stage — the secret is newspaper.
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In addition to many other great tips for presenters, Gina Barnett warns us to beware of repetitive motions like swaying or shifting our weight from foot to foot. Rehearse in front of a mirror or other people to catch these unconscious, adrenaline-fuelled motions and, to use movement wisely during your presentation, rehearse on newspaper:
“You can walk,” says Barnett, “but not pace. You can step forward and or back, but not rock.” These are just as bad as swaying — they create that lull. Barnett has a great tip for how to make sure that you move in a way that adds to your talk rather than detracts from it. “Practise moving to make a new point,” she says. “Try coming closer to the audience when the content of your talk calls for it.” One technique she likes for this — rehearse while standing on newspapers spread out on the floor. You’ll be able to hear your movement as the paper crunches so you can really move “with intention and purpose.”
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