Tatiana Kolovou explains the importance of gestures and demonstrates ten basic ones to highlight content and increase your speaking conviction. She also explains which common gestures to avoid.
- Students say this to me all the time, … I don't know what to do with my hands while I'm speaking. … And I say to them, do nothing, simply nothing. … If your hands rest comfortably by your sides … or on the conference table … when you're speaking in front of an audience, … you portray a sense of calm and confidence. … That's not to say that you shouldn't gesture. … Just don't be like some speakers I have seen … who constantly wave their hands in the air … as if they're parking a plane on the tarmac. … It gets to be distracting. … Your hands should be kinesthetic exclamation marks. … Gesture when it's necessary. … When your words match your emotions, … and when your hands can deliver more energy … to your audience. … There's no need to over prescribe this. … Think of gesturing when you're talking about you … or others in the room. … When you refer to a place far away like Japan … or right here in the U.S. … You may want to gesture when you explain a project timeline … that starts today and goes out a year. …
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- Explore how to evaluate your audience's knowledge level.
- Define audience value.
- Recall how a 'forest vs. tree' analogy compares to the audience interview and presentation design.
- Recognize what logical appeal means in a presentation setting.
- Define emotional appeal in a presentation setting.