1) Look directly at the subject over the camera when actually taking the shot after composing either two-eyed on the rear-screen or one-eyed through the EVF. Maybe shoot view-camera style with the camera on tripod and the rear-screen tilted up for a last check that the framing is still right.
2) Using the almost-instant on-screen review.
I can't quite explain it, but I don't think it's the shutter lag that's the problem. I think on some emotional level there is a connection when you can see the eyes of the subject while you are photographing. It's not like 100% are keepers, but my success rate is incredibly high relative to my previous DSLR work. I shot quite a bit with 5x7, and I had a thing where I would try to shoot at most 2 frames, but would try to only shoot one. I used to do really well with that. I got lazy after a while, and with 4x5 got even lazier, but I would end up with 8 good frames of the same picture. Since there is so much effort put into each frame for development it was mostly a waste.
I'm living on a boat now and/or moving a lot for work, so carrying the LF stuff around isn't really making sense, although I think I will hold on to the 5x7 out of loyalty. And my 2 Mamiyas C330s...it would be hard to part with them. My beautiful 4x5 though, I think it's going away.
Anyway, you are totally right. I could just use a really good SLR on a Tripod. I've never done that, really. I kinda think SLRs look stupid on tripods, just from a coolness perspective, but obviously that's kinda dumb. I've also sold all my Canon stuff, and have no lenses left. Totally did not like the OM-D. Pondering other micro 43 bodies or dumping it entirely and trying something else. I'd try Fuji but I don't think they are water sealed at all? I need to check.
Thanks for the thoughts.