Body language is a large contributor to effective communication. In this video, learn how to use techniques to help you gesture as you speak.
- If using your hands when you speak is new to you, … you might feel as if you're waving them … around like a lunatic. … It always feels exaggerated … when you're on the inside looking out. … You may feel awkward talking with your hands, … but to your audience it looks natural … and has you coming across as confident. … If people do use their hands, … sometimes they keep them buried into their ribcage. … So get some distance between your elbows and your ribs. … And every once in a while, to show how confident you are, … keep your hands out here, … even when you're not talking. … Be sure to change the motion of your hands … to match the content. … You can use a rolling gesture, for instance, … if you're talking about a progression. … You can use side-to-side movements if comparing topics. … And know that crossing your arms makes you look defensive. … Strong hand gestures are primal, … designed to make us look bigger, … but there are times when big, strong hand gestures … are not called for. …
- Organizing your thoughts
- Speaking slowly, naturally, and confidently
- Breathing properly
- Using your body to reinforce speech
- Managing facial expressions
- Handling nervousness
- Voice modulation, eye contact, and gestures
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Be a Better Communicator
2. Honing Your Message
3. Say It Like You Mean It
4. Look Like You Mean It
5. Confronting Anxiety
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