Hit the Ground Running

Posted by Hilari Weinstein on Jul 30th, 2008
Jul 30


All too often, presenters get up to speak and wait until they are at the front of the room facing the audience to begin connecting.  They get the deer in the headlights look that says, "Now everyone is looking at me…I’m on."

A simple trick to hit the ground running and start strong is to begin that connection before you get to the front of the room.  How?  If possible, make eye-contact with a few audience members and smile as if to say, "Hey, how’s it going."  This will help put you more at ease but more important begins your connection with the audience before a word is uttered.

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One Response

  1. James Says:

    Good suggestion Hilari. I also recommend working the room if at all possible – especially for people new to speaking – to have some friendly faces to focus on.

    Good tips,


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