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


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: Professional development | Statics (mechanics)

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