Public speaking gestures are important in conveying your message effectively. What does your body language say about you?
There’s no 1 certain way to make any gesture. However UP and OUT (within reason obviously) are helpful terms to remember and use in connection with gestures. Actions that are up and out can be easily observed by an audience. Such actions are also usually far more positive and powerful than modest unsure motions made close to a speaker’s body. Then, also, when hands and arms move on a high sphere they are closer to the speaker’s facial area, which usually enables an audience to obtain a unified emotional impact from the hands, arms and face.
Whenever possible ideas ought to be illustrated with bodily action. For instance, whenever a speaker tells about the huge bass which got away he can picture the idea with facial and bodily action – if he can reach that far!
1 need not be absolutely exact when doing illustrative movements. They may be portrayed just as accurately as 1 readily can. Obviously the pace of the movement is going to be governed from the feeling that the idea encourages. “The train crawled around a bend,” will incite a far different sort of movement than, “A jet crashed in to the building!” As with all effective bodily action this is simply a case of talking naturally and openly with the muscles.
Healthy, successful gestures are not planned, even though at the beginning a student speaker might have to force his body and face, along with his tongue in order to tell his story. Nevertheless he needs to encourage body language right up until it becomes so natural he won’t need to give it second thought.
A presenter who refuses or fails to use natural gestures is similar to a boxer with a hand behind his back, or like somebody speaking through a television set that has no image. Such a speaker will be lacking a visual appeal which will certainly take away from his ability to persuade.
William Shakespeare reminds us, “Action is eloquence; the eyes of the ignorant are more learned than their ears.”
Perhaps the same could be said in all honesty regarding the very clever listeners in an audience, too.
And Demosthenes, who has a high ranking amongst speakers of all time stated, “The first qualification of the orator is action; the second, action; and the third, action.”
Act! – but as naturally when you would play your best game.
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