4/11 Pitching/Public Speaking Workshop with Mary Etta Eaton, Public Speaking Instructor at Stanford University
Mary Etta is a public speaking instructor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Prior to working at Stanford, Mary Etta was an Organizational & Communications Consultant and a public speaking instructor at the Keys School. She also worked at Hewlett-Packard for over 15 years, serving as a Human Resources Specialist, and leading teams of 5-75 marketing professionals as the Sales Development Engineer and Product Specialist Manager.
Mary Etta shared her extensive experience in public speaking and pitching with our companies this week during our pitch workshop session. Mary Etta had great advice on not only the content in the presentations, but also the way in which the entrepreneurs presented themselves. Below is some of the advice Mary Etta gave:
1. Hand positioning – it is important to be wary of your hand positioning while presenting. No “penguin” hands or hinged hands, and try to use large gestures to show that you are in command of the room.
2. Pausing while presenting is one of the best ways to emphasize your key points. Also make sure to have voice modulation and vary your tone when presenting.
3. Having a story is one of the most powerful ways to connect with the audience and to easily explain the usefulness and purpose of your product/service.