n.外貌,外观; 出现,露面; [哲]现象; 



  1. The changes did nothing to improve its appearance.

  2. How would you rate your appearance?

  3. Anonymous's appearance with masks is not coincidental.

  4. Our society blatantly values appearance over ability.

  5. But this time his late appearance raised eyebrows.



n.姿势; 看法; 态度; 立场; 








  1. The posture cannot even match its national power. 

  2. ometimes holding patra one same posture.

  3. Maintain proper posture and breathing while eating.

  4. keep a good open posture.

  5. Next comes the question of america's overall defence posture, and that of its allies.



n.泰然自若; 自信; 体态; 姿态; 

vt.使平衡; 保持(某种姿势); 抓紧; 使稳定; 






  1. The key was projecting poise without arrogance; if I could do that, I would be, as they say, in business. 

  2. An aig spokesman expressed disappointment with grassely's comment and said that aig staff were continuing to work today with professionalism and poise. 

  3. She talks with poise and passion to presidents and prime ministers. 

  4. Further signs of improvement in the us economy and reassuring comments from president barack obama helped wall street recover its poise yesterday following the previous session's late sell-off. 
    美国经济有所改善的最新迹象和美国总统巴拉克奥巴马(barack obama)安抚人心的讲话,昨日帮助华尔街在上一交易日尾盘的抛售之后恢复平稳。

  5. When a meltdown caused large quantities of radioactive gas to leak from a reactor on pennsylvania's three mile island in 1979-constituting the worst accident in the history of american nuclear power-plant workers and residents in surrounding areas reacted with astonishing poise and grace. 


the main content

Today we’re going to discuss your appearance and your poise when speaking publicly

and its affect on the audience

The first thing we’ll discuss is our appearance when we’re talking

This includes our posture  our facial expressions and even the clothes that we wear

Every speaking engagement has a purpose

and knowing what that purpose is

can be the key to understanding what to wear

Some events are formal and require a suit and tie

Others may be professional work that is not as fancy

Other times the event may be rather informal and not require dressing up

Dressing appropriately is important

because it tells your audience that you understand the situation

and that they can trust you

You are a reliable speaker

Imagine if I were wearing something a little more casual

If I were wearing a shirt like this throughout this entire video series

how much would you trust me?

Even if my words were the same and I gave all the great information

would you still appreciate it and take it to heart?

Most likely not

So what we wear matters  How we stand also matters

Good posture  standing up straight is important

for showing you are serious and mean what you say

Often it is an unconscious thing that people will feel

when seeing someone who is standing up straight

They look in control 

They look like they know what they are doing  Like a leader

They look like they can be trusted 

They look confident

Last time we discussed being confident

and facing our fear and the audience head on

Appearing confident makes the audience feel confident

If the audience feels confident they feel comfortable and willing to listen

Have you ever watched someone speak publicly who was obviously nervous?

How did you feel?

For me seeing someone uncomfortable like that causes me discomfort

As a result it is harder for me to listen to the speech

and to take it seriously

Once again appearing confident cures that

Beyond posture we need to stay in control of our facial expressions

Our faces communicate as much meaning  if not more  as our spoken word

Every smile or frown is communication

A reassuring smile tells the audience “I am confident”

A wide eyed expression and a frown says  “I just messed up” 

A blank expression tells the audience  “I’m bored ”

We want the audience to only understand the meaning we want them to understand

While speaking allow your emotions to guide you in your expressions

and add appropriate emotion to the words that you are saying

Communication with emotion is key

Emotion helps keep your audience engaged

The emotion you do not want to convey is fear

Imagine you are speaking and you mess up a word or a phrase  

Do not stop  Do not make a face 

Do not appear worried  Simply continue speaking

Odds are  the audience will not notice

If you stop or make a big deal out of a mistake 

they will notice

Do not draw attention to it 

The mistake is not important

This is keeping your poise  Stay in speaking mode

I have seen too many students

who are still learning about public speaking freeze up

when they make a mistake

Sometimes they stop and put their head down

into their notes and try to find their place

Sometimes they stare straight ahead and begin looking at the ceiling

In both cases they would be better off

continuing to speak based on what they can remember

You forget a sentence?

Keep going  the audience does not have your script

They will not know if you missed a sentence or a line 

Do not go back and try to repeat it

If the line has important information 

try to work it out in the current idea

but do not go back

and try to reread the script as you have written it

This is being flexible

Appearance matters 

The clothes you wear  your posture  your expression

You need to be aware of all of these

Practice your speech in front of mirror

so you can see what your face does when you read the speech

Some people make expressions without knowing what they are doing

Know what is on your face

Next episode we’ll talk about movement and hand gestures

Thanks for listening  I hope you enjoyed it