Excitement is contagious. If people in the audience sense you care about something, they are more likely to care too. Here are three tactics for winning over your listeners:
- Use an animated voice. Vary the volume of your voice so your emotion comes through. Whisper at appropriate moments or rise to a crescendo to drive a point home.
- Match your facial expressions. The expression on your face reinforces your message. Listeners want to see — not just hear — your passion. Make eye contact and don’t be afraid to smile or laugh, when appropriate and genuine.
- Make gestures. A fist can reinforce confidence and certitude. Waving a hand or pointing can help draw attention.