Spotting Communication Static: Nonverbal Ways to Improve Oral Presentations

by Hugh M. Aberman, Prof. of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Studies; Shippensburg Univ., Shippensburg, Pa.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 6, Pg. 62-65

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Methods of identifying and eliminating distracting elements in an oral presentation are reviewed. Some of the errors to be avoided in oral presentations are voice muffling or misdirection, speaking in a monotone, use of buzzwords, displaying lack of confidence by fidgeting or avoiding eye contact with the audience, and poorly planned visual aids. Most errors in a presentation are thought to be correctible mannerisms and not ingrained behavior such as nervous tics or stuttering.

Subject Headings: Communication | Imaging techniques

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