Why Perception Matters When Presenting (Article)

Joe Dudis, storyteller and member of New Jersey Storytelling recently shared a thought-provoking article with us. It was interesting enough that we decided to share it with you. Published on July 10th, 2018 by Forbes, the title of the article is, "It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It: Why Perception Matters When Presenting." Here is an excerpt from the article:

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Which leads us to a simple and irrevocable truth: When it comes to body language, actions really do speak louder than words, and your body language can make or break your presentation.

An audience decides within seconds if they trust the speaker on stage, and that determines the speaker’s level of success before the audience. These seconds are used, perhaps unconsciously on the part of the audience, sizing up how the speaker presents him-or herself. If the audience doesn’t trust the speaker, it won’t matter what he or she says; the audience will not be persuaded. But a confident (and “confident” does not mean “arrogant”) attitude on stage gives you an air of authority, which supports your story.

Read the full article, here.