10 Body language tips for public speakers

05. 08. 2019

Public speaking is a responsible and exciting task to do. Presenting makes you face of the company or the project. So, it is extremely important to deliver correct message to listeners and outline significant aspects with gestures. You may mean one while your body language says different to your audience.  

So, here are 10 tips provided by SOAP Presentation’s infographic, to help you to deliver the right message to the audience. 

1.To boost your confidence during your presentation, open your chest and arms and keep your back straight. This position will make you breathe better and you will feel more relaxed. 

2.To make your audience comfortable, simply smile at them. Smiling is our most powerful weapon. 

3.To engage people, gesture with your arms and hands in a natural way, and look your audience in the eye. People tend naturally to pay attention and to like people who look them in the eye. 

4.To demonstrate authority, keep calm and use small and stiff gestures. This way people will trust you and view you as a confident person. 

5.To bring movement to your speech, use the physical space you have available and walk it. For example, if you’re presenting three points, talk about point A when you’re at your first position, then move out 2 or 3 steps and talk about point B. This way, a movement that includes space will accompany your speech. 


6.To keep your audience’s attention, vary gestures throughout the presentation. Open gestures, small gestures. Gestures that involve your hands, arms and hands, Gestures that involve only your hands, or only your head, broad gestures… 

7.To draw attention to a certain element of the presentation, point directly at it and look at it on the screen at the same time. Your audience will follow your eyes and finger. 

8.To encourage audience participation, use open gestures and if possible walk around and toward people. We tend to participate more when we have proximity to a speaker. 

9.To make a hard question seem easier, pause, breath slowly (this will give you time to think), and then answer while looking the questioner in the eye. 

10.To make your audience buy your story, use positive gestures during the entire presentation. Nodding, open gestures, smiling, mirroring, etc. 


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