Just because you are not presenting in person doesn't mean your hands don't matter. Natural hand gestures for emphasis can really make the presentation feel more comfortable and engaging.
- One of the best assets we have is the ability to use our hands to really drive an important point home. But if we use our hands in the wrong way, it can detract from our presentation. Oftentimes we're already using our hands when we talk without even noticing it. But in this course, I want to hone in on how we can be more cautious of the way we use our hands so it helps us while we're presenting on video. There is a misconception that because we're at home or in a remote location, a lot of the movements we're making won't get noticed because we're not in the same room as others. Well that is simply not true. How much a person sees does depend on how and where your camera is positioned, but always think that your audience will see everything you do and all the movements you make. It's better to prepare for it than not. But chances are your viewers will see at least your whole upper body if you're sitting, so your hand motions are still visible. This means you can use your hands to emphasize points just as if you're in a face to face meeting. So how do we emphasize our points? Well, you can use your hands to push it forward in order to emphasize the importance of this statement. You can also hold up your hands to demonstrate numbers. Like, for example, say that there were three proposals that we were considering. Or you can use your hands and say that this was a big idea, or this was a small idea. These gestures are there to quantify and qualify your points. And if you're making a presentation and all eyes are on you, these movements will help boost your on-camera presentation skills. But just as much as your hands can be an asset, used incorrectly, it can be very distracting. For example, don't wave frantically at the camera. And also don't point at the camera, because pointing can come off as very aggressive and off-putting. In addition, if you're not speaking and you're listening, make sure to not fold your arms. Everyone on the call can see you doing it and it can come off as disengaged. So whether you're speaking or not, always assume that everyone else on the video can see what you're doing. In remembering this, you'll also know how to utilize your hands so that it helps you, not hurt you.
Learn how to shine on video conference calls. Communication consultant Jessica Chen provides expert advice to look and sound confident, collected, and smart on your next conference call or video presentation. Discover how to prepare your material, how to contribute to the call, and how to incorporate engaging visuals. Get body language, posture, and wardrobe tips to make a powerful impression. Finally, learn the technical details to building a mini "studio" for conducting calls, including choosing a webcam, lighting yourself, and placing a microphone for quality sound.
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