Body Movement can be Distracting and this video demonstrates my point. Ms. Johanna Blakley, delivers a TED Presentation on “Women & Social Media”. What caught my attention early on, was the lengthy amount of time the video spends focused on her Slides. Usually a TED Presentation will focus on the Presenter. I didn’t believe that was her intention and I wondered how did that happen? Then, as I viewed her Presentation I began to…
Watch Ms Blakley’s body movement. She was constantly shifting from side-to-side. And so, it appeared difficult for the Cameraman to keep her bobbing head “in the video frame”. Here’s an example where Body Movement can be Distracting.
Consequently, the Editor continuously cuts away from her to her Slide show. As you view many TED event videos with this knowledge in mind, you’ll soon realize that rarely is the focus of the video ever on the Slides. At TED the Speaker is always the focus, the point of interest. The Speaker is delivering a Message which is aided by both Facial Expressions and Body Language. So, if you’re familiar with my Training, you’ll know that I encourage Speakers to move about the Front of the Room or the Stage if you can.
If you’re not anchored to a Lectern by a Microphone, a Written Speech, or Document, Stage move about. Movement can add interest to your Presentation and importantly, can hold Audience attention. A lesson I learned in one of my early acting workshops in Hollywood was this: When you move, move for a Reason, have a Purpose. Don’t move because you can’t think of anything better to do with yourself. Apply this to your Stage Craft and enhance your Presentations and your Success.
You may want to produce a Promo video of your Presentation. If so, decide Who is the “Star” of this video: the slides or You. You may not get a 2nd chance at another event, so make the most of this opportunity.
Note/ her movement begins at about 1:45 into the video. This video is a useful tool to learn better Speaking techniques. This is not a Negative Comment on Johanna Blakley who delivers valuable information to this TED audience.
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