Managing Your Performance: Visual, Aural & Temporal Communication Tools
Geoffrey Hitch, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
We first define Visual Variety in the “Frame” of your presentation: differences to consider among public speaking appearances in a one-on-one; at a podium; spot-lit at a podium; on a full stage; as part of a panel; on camera, etc.
Next we cover Visual, Aural, and Temporal Communication Tools, including:
- Determining your Relationship with Your Audience, and Why You Are There.
- Entering A Room: Making The First Impression.
- Listening: A Communicator’s Most Important Tool.
- Standing Still for Power; fighting “loose feet”.
- Moving For Visual Variety.
- Preliminary Gestures or Movements.
- The “Sustained Gesture”.
- “The Button”/Final Visual.
- Mastering The Podium, and the Chair.
- What To Do With Your Hands.
- Sounding Like What You Mean.
- Dropping Off The “Vocal Cliff”.
- The Importance of Key Words.
- A Good Exit Is A Short Exit.
Since 1994, Geoffrey’s workshops & courses — Acting For Business (I & II), Acting For Management, Executive Presence & Executives OnStage — have empowered thousands of Ph.D., MBA, Undergraduate, Executive Education participants, faculty & administration in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Shanghai, Doha Qatar, London, & Amsterdam with more-effective communication & leadership skills.
His extensive teaching experience has involved topics such as: empathetic listening; getting rid of monotony; maintaining audience interest; visual, aural & temporal communication tools; overcoming nervousness and lack of self-confidence; shaping & focusing a speech or presentation; solving vocal strain & audibility problems; & achieving clarity in English as a second language — for participants from: India; Korea; Turkey; Russia; Uzbekistan; Israel; French, Spanish, Arabic & Chinese-speaking countries; & even Staten Island. He serves annually as the on-screen leader in three instructional videos — “The Elevator Pitch”, “The STAR Story”, and “Interviewing Persuasively” — used in the MBA Base Camp for Tepper’s Career Opportunities Center & the Accelerate Leadership Center.
Geoffrey has also been a professional theatre director since 1975, directing over 160 productions of world premieres of original works, dramas, classics, musicals & comedies for numerous theatres including: London: nine years as Guest then Resident Director at the Embassy Theatre & Embassy Studio — directing Brecht, Shakespeare, Shanley, Shaw & Shepard; Equity regional theatres, including: The Barter Theatre of Virginia; Charlotte Repertory Theatre; Theatre By The Sea & Kingston Arts Centre (Rhode Island); West Virginia Public Theatre; Worcester Foothills Theatre; The City Theatre (Pittsburgh); the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, & the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; International festivals: The Spoleto Festival; the William Poel Festival (on the Olivier Stage, Royal National Theatre); & The Edinburgh Festival where his production of BOOTH won a First Award; North American tour: BEAUTY & THE BEAST; Off-Broadway: The Roundabout Theatre; Equity Library Theatre; Circle Repertory Company (NYC); New York Theatre Works; & the W.P.A. Theatre. He also directed for ABC’s daytime drama One Life To Live, & for WQED-TV of The Public Broadcasting System. He has been an active professional member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers society (SDC) since 1984.