Inc. magazine reports, “If there is one simple thing you can do to enhance your impact as a presenter, …it is sustained, purposeful eye contact with one person at a time.”
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Maintain Eye Contact with Your Audience
Inc. magazine writes, “When you’re in front of an audience, strategic eye contact has the power to change how people think of you.” Click here to read more.
Consider What Gives You Confidence
Is it seeing your slides? Your notes? Or perhaps comments from the web? A confidence monitor can deliver what you need.
Consider Where a Monitor Will Be Most Effective
Place your confidence monitors where they will be most effective for you. Downstage, left or right we can help you be creative!
The Tech: Confidence Monitors
Suzanne Franchetti, a corporate communication trainer, describes confidence monitors well. “A comfort (a.k.a. ‘confidence’) monitor is a video display that a presenter can easily read from, typically from a stage. Unlike a traditional podium teleprompter, one or more flat screen monitors are positioned at the foot of the stage in such a way that they are mostly hidden from the audience’s view. The positioning and angle permits you to take easy glances at your slides or talking points, while being able to maintain strong eye contact with your audience. Comfort monitors offer the convenience and benefit of having notes at your disposal, minus the need to place notes at a podium, or worse, to keep notes in your hands.” Read more from Suzanne here.
Benefits & Value the Tech Creates
- Multiple Confidence Monitors can be utilized and combined for a total solution
- Discrete separate feeds can be sent to each monitor
- Multiple sizes available
- Provides a very polished look for the presenter
- Can be placed on the floor, or mounted on a stand further away from the stage
- Can also be used as a traditional prompter with a scrolling script
Additional Comfort Monitor Resources
- The secrets of TED’s (award-winning!) design (blog.Ted.com)
- Insider Tips: How to Organize Successful Q&A Sessions (eventbrite.com)
- Comfort Monitors (ffolliet.com)
Power Point Presenter Notes Resources
- Presenter View: The Presenter’s Secret Weapon! (zoho.com)
- The Lost Art of Notes (speakingaboutpresenting.com)