Photo Tips for Public Speakers - How to give a great presentation and look good doing it.

April 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

If you’re making a presentation at a large event such as a conference or fundraiser, there’s a good chance the event organizers will have a professional photographer there. The photos will be used to publicize the event, and you may want some for personal or professional use. There are a few simple things you can do when making your presentation to help the photographer portray you in the best possible light and make captivating images. These tips apply to effective public speaking generally, and they can greatly improve not only your audience engagement but also the quality of your photos.

Make eye contact with the audience -
Looking at your audience creates the impression that you care about your message and they should, too. It engages them. And, it shows you connecting with the world. If you make a point of looking around the room - left, right and center - you'll also get photos showing your face from a variety of angles.
 
Show enthusiasm for the subject matter -
Enthusiasm is contagious, and when you show it with your words, facial expression and body language, it captivates your audience and lights up a photo.
 
Pause for impact -
If you pause briefly once it a while, it gives the audience a moment to absorb your words, and it gives the photographer a chance to catch you when you’re looking out at the crowd with your eyes open and your mouth still.
 
Move -
Feel free to move a little, shifting your weight, standing straight, leaning forward, and using (even subtle) hand gestures. You’ll appear as a speaker rather than a reader, and in photos you’ll get a variety of moments showing dynamism and engagement.
 
Dress to stand out -
In this case, stand out from the background. Colors that contrast with the background, rather than blend in, will help make attractive photos. A black suit against a black background will disappear, leaving just a head and two hands floating in space.
 
 
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