Sep 26, 2013

Presentation FAQs: #4 Which side of the screen should I stand?

Whenever such a question bothers you, ask "Does it really matter?" and you will have your answer.

So today's question is, which side of the screen should you stand? The answer, how does it matter?

You should stand where you are comfortable. Once you start speaking, it is your content and your confidence that will matter. Who cares where you stand.

Point #1. Stand where you are comfortable.

Point #2. It is better if you keep moving. Stand on the left and talk for a while. Then move on to the right side of the screen. This way you get to increase your eye contact. You should not leave out any part of the audience.

Caution: If you happen to speak at an event where they are going to record you (eg. Ignite, Pecha Kucha or TED), check with your organizer if you can choose where to stand. Can you move around? If they insist you need to be on the left side of the screen, practice standing only on the left. You don't have a choice in this case.