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What should I do with my hands?

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Do and don't with your hands. First the Don'ts: Don't allow your hands to just flap about with no rhyme or reason. People will suspect you want to fly out of the room and it shows you're nervous. Don't give gang signs. Don't point. No one likes to be pointed at. Don't brush your hair, itch, scratch or pick at anything on your face.

Now a few Do's: Do use your hands as an emphasis in making your points. Keep them unclasped about the waist without moving them much. The key is to keep them visible to the camera and make your points from time to time without repeating the same motions like a calibrated machine. Upper shoulder and slight body movements are OK, it relays a positive human trait that is a sign of comfort to the listener. Bringing your hands out in front of your chest, just below your chin while making gentle gestures of a cohesive nature is positive sign. Being in control of your body with subtle movements without portraying a stiff board is a pleasant way to speak on camera. Watch a monologue on late night television. Watch the hosts hands.

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How should I speak?

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Strange question to ask; How should I speak? But it's one that if gone unchecked can cause an incredible amount of pain and discomfort to you and your audience. Let me put it this way, if you paid money to ride a roller coaster and it was straight and without twists, turns and heights, what fun would that be. Do you think many people would want to ride that ride? I think not. So what is any different in a speaker? A monotoned speaker given ten minutes would have the entire house asleep. So how do you keep your audiences attention? You speak with one prop-INFLECTIONS. You speak in a varied lengths of sentences. Not to long! Not to short! Vary your speed. Vary your pitch. Vary your loudness. No mumbles and be cognizant of ah's and um's. I kid you not, I have edited as many as 50+ um's from a two minute speech. I made the speaker very clear and concise, but at what cost? Remember the key is VARIANCE, and it's ok to pause. Use your hands and for our sake, get a good nights sleep. Bring your energy and bring your influence- you are credible! As a last resort the common saying is look at your audience like they're all in their underwear.

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Where Do I Look When On-Camera?

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Most professionals speak well to an audience because they have somewhere to look. Eye contact with others is critical in their speaking flow. When you bring a camera into a room, now that's a different beast. Include the lights, microphone and make-up artist. Now you've got a dilemma. Who's the guy behind the camera? Is he laughing at my every flub? Am I being captured for a critical message or YouTube's most embarrassing moments? This is not a mindset that is conducive to a winning recorded speech delivery. So how do we overcome this incredibly huge mountain without sweat on the brow? May I ask you to hire me for a day to teach you how to achieve the unachievable. I'll give you one hint. It's easier than you think.

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What never gets recorded but should?

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In today's world it's so easy to teach an old dog new tricks. How many of us have gone to YouTube to search out how-to fix something? Or I wonder how they did that? There is something for everyone on YouTube. Training and How-to videos have become essential in todays homes. How can I do the unthinkable; I need to change or fix something? The answer is on YouTube, it's there, I promise. One small note, watch a few videos and pick the one that most safely provides your solution. We must question everything.

What never gets recorded but should? I would venture to say you have lots of ideas on what hasn't been preserved at your office, company or home. With turnover rates increasing at most companies, what is lost is, years of experience. How can we mind map our generation to provide for future success? What have we learned that works and what doesn't. We owe it to our future generations to provide a roadmap.

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What Should I Wear?

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If you are going to be on-camera; most talent know to bring at least three shirts, a couple of jackets and three or four ties. Trend on the side of solids and neutral colors. It's a no-no to wear bright exotic colors, tweeds and fine stripes. If you are providing a professional message to your employee base then a coat and tie is a plus. If you are celebrating and the message is less critical then business casual is perfect. If you are showing off a new line of golf clubs then a coat and tie would be totally out of the norm. Error on the side of conservative. Just remember provide options and no stripes and brights!