Is your body dead when youspeak, or does your constant motion give your audience headaches?
Does your face signalfear or does it signalexcitement for your topic?
Do your hands vibrate, or do they punctuate your words?
Your must complement your message with your body duringdelivery. Specifically, be aware of your:
posture Body movement Facial expressions Eye contact
1. Remove “Noisy” Movements.
For many people, there is as much to be gained from removing nervous and distracting movements as there is from addingconscious gestures. It mayseem counter-intuitive, but this is “addition by subtraction.”
2. Avoid “Forcing”Gestures into Your Speech
The best way to avoid forcing hand and arms gestures is to try to strike an even balance between the other forms ofphysical gestures — eye contact, facial expressions, posture, or whole body movements. For example, if you convey an important emotion with yourfacial expression, your arms canrelax to your sides because they “aren’t needed.”
3. Record Video ofYourself Speaking
The best way to discover any distractingmovements is to watch yourself delivering aspeech with the volume turned off.
Reference: Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills• Toastmasters Speech 5: Your Body Speaks• by Andrew Dlugan