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Body lang and clothes for presentations


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Body lang and clothes for presentations

  1. 1. Body Language and Clothing for Presentations American Pragmatics and Culture Spring 2012 Ms. Candice Quiñones
  2. 2. OverviewBody Language – By the BookBody Language –Other TipsClothing –By the BookClothing – Other Tips
  3. 3. Body Language for PresentingMost Material Adapted from Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  4. 4. Body Language: According to Steve Mandel: “It’s not just what you say but how you say it” Movement Gestures Facial Expression Voice Posture Eye contactFrom Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  5. 5. Movement: By the Book Don’t stand in one spot the whole time (like a tree) Take an occasional step or two Follow the principal “Look, move, plant” Look at the person you are going to move toward Move Plant your feet and stop movingFrom Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  6. 6. Movement: By the Book “Stay close, stay direct, stay involved” Stay away from the lectern Stay within 4-6 feet of the first row Keep your body facing the audience as much as possible Speak only when looking at peopleFrom Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  7. 7. Movement: Other TipsMoving around is good, but don’t do it all the timeDon’t move to fast eitherTry to use the entire spaceIf you need to point at something, use a pointer orthe mouse Don’t step in front of the projector
  8. 8. Gestures: By the Book Our anxiety tends to be displayed by our gestures. Try to control nervous gestures Relax (but not too much) Let your hands relax and rest by your sides between gestures Natural gestures will add to a presentation, not distract the audienceFrom Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  9. 9. Gestures: What Not To Do Don’t keep your hands in your pockets Don’t keep hands “handcuffed” behind your back Don’t keep your arms crossed Don’t use the “Fig-leaf” position for hands Fig-leaf= folding one hand over the other in front of the body (lower or upper) Don’t wring your handsFrom Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  10. 10. Don’tsHands in Pockets Hands Behind BackFig Leaf Crossed Arms Wringing Hands
  11. 11. Facial ExpressionsUse all of them as necessary
  12. 12. Voice: By the Book Be aware of volume A soft voice can be viewed as a lack of confidence and could hurt your credibility Speaking too loud could mean your hearing is impaired Do a volume check before you begin, simply ask the people in the back of the room if they can hear you.Source Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  13. 13. Voice: Other TipsTry to avoid being monotone by varying intonationRaise pitch and volume slightly for key pointsWatch the audience for cues about your volumePace yourself: Slow down Use pauses
  14. 14. Posture: By the Book Keep your posture erect, but relaxed Stand up straight (but not stiff) Evenly distribute your weight Don’t be shifting your weight from one hip to the other (it can be distracting)From Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  15. 15. Good Posture
  16. 16. Analyze Posture Which of these is okay for a presenter?
  17. 17. Posture: Other Tips Be aware of your audience’s posture.
  18. 18. Eye Contact: By the Book Speak to one person at a time when you present Make eye contact for 3-5 seconds per person, then move If the group is large, make eye contact with individuals in different parts of the audience Don’t just look at your audience, SEE themFrom Presentation Skills by Steve Mandel
  19. 19. ClothingHow to Dress for a Presentation
  20. 20. Dress CodesFormal (black-tie)Semi-FormalBusinessBusiness CasualCasualStreetwearSports/Athletic
  21. 21. Formal (Black-Tie)This would normally be worn to a formal functionlike a ball, dinner, or other high society event.
  22. 22. Semi-Formal Women Dresses and dress suits that fall at or below the knee, cocktail dresses that fall no more than an inch above the knee, and pant suits. Women can even pair a dressy top with tuxedo or dress pants, made of an appropriate fabric. Semi-formal fabrics include taffeta, chiffon, velvet, satin, sateen, gossamer, velour, silk, polyester and cashmere. Pair the outfit with dress heels, dressy flats or strappy sandals that coordinate with your outfit color.
  23. 23. Semi -Formal Men A sports jacket, slacks, vest and tie or a dark or light business suit with dress shoes, such as oxfords. For semi-formal events that take place after 6 p.m., men should wear a dark suit with a white dress shirt and evening tie. Look for suits made of wool, polyester or gabardine Men should avoid linen or seersucker suits as well as loafers. No jeans or flip-flops!
  24. 24. Business Attire
  25. 25. Business Attire for Men
  26. 26. Business Attire for Women,date,2010-04-06.aspx
  27. 27. Business Casual
  28. 28. Casual
  29. 29. Streetwear
  30. 30. Sports/Athleticwear
  31. 31. Swimwear
  32. 32. Presentation AttireBusiness or Business Casual are usually appropriatedepending on the situation.If you are not sure how to dress—Ask someone whomight know.
  33. 33. Presentation Attire - MenCasual wear and suits should be well-tailoredMen’s suit coats are designed to be buttonedShirts should fit well, and the color should not be toobrightTies can be used to complement the color of your eyes andfaceShoes should be appropriate, comfortable, and wellshinedHair frames the face (be well groomed)
  34. 34. Presentation Attire- WomenClothes should fit well but not too tightlyFind two or three colors that work well with yourcomplexion and hairAvoid jewelry that sparkles, dangles, or makes noiseMakeup should be simple and flatteringYour hairstyle should be professional and controlled
  35. 35. Questions?