Pre-select your focal point.
Rather than waiting for the viewfinder to reach your eye, consider where the point of focus will be and use your controller to set it. With practice this becomes intuitive.
Shoot with both eyes.
While one eye frames the shot, use your other eye to monitor the action. Improves your timing and you’re able to monitor the space while still framing a potential image. This allows you to maximize your coverage when shooting an event.
Read the room.
Follow the energy. This is not hocus pocus. Do not overthink it. Follow where you are naturally drawn to. Something is likely about to happen.
predict a smile.
Have you learned to follow the energy? Good. Now it's time to predict a smile. The trick is to watch the eyes and anticipate the breaks in your subject's sentences.
5. Time your shot ahead of the peak of action. Your motor skills have a delay. Your camera has a delay, albeit short, from the point in which you press the shutter and it actually makes an image.