Peace Corps Volunteer Eric Brownstein told about the frequent mistakes of speakers. Among the most common public speaking mistakes, he distinguishes fears of great movements and gestures (this mostly relates to newcomers, when people understand uncertainty as fears of the audience), non-emotional speeches as a result of poor awareness with the topic of the report (this aspect distracts listeners' attention and results in the audience's lack of interest) and the words that seem unnatural ("lack of risk is also a risk"). True experts understand not only the specific theme of the presentation, but also the general issues of the chosen topic. If there is a question-answer section, it's important to prepare not only the presentation itself, but also possible provocative questions. At the same time, you do not have to be afraid to be yourself, because people who try to show seem not real. Also, you do not need to fill your presentation with a lot of data, because information should only help to create a great story, not to be the main message itself.
On November 7, Peace Corps volunteer Eric Brownstein presented the sixth webinar on the "Public Speaking Basics" course. He emphasized that eye-to-eye contact is very important during presentations, because the speaker gets to know if the audience is listening attentively to him or the topic is interesting. The purpose of the presentation should be to maintain a visual contact of about 90% of the time. Gestures can be divided into four groups: distracting, symbolic, narrative and emotional. For example, when a person holds his hands in his pockets, it means that he/she is nervous. Crossed hands mean that the person does not agree with something, or tries to defend him-/herself. In order to better understand what gestures and when to use them, it is necessary to prepare in the hall where the performance stake place. At the beginning of any presentation, it is better to stand straight because the audience is only beginning to get used to the topic of conversation, the voice of the speaker. Constant changes to the direction of movement can distract the audience. It is necessary to resort to special movements, when it is necessary to emphasize on something, to come closer to listeners. Webinars are available online.