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9 Common Body Language Mistakes to Avoid During Presentations

Here are 9 body language mistakes and how to avoid them. Give them a try to improve the way you communicate and the way others perceive you. Practice until you have created better body language habits.

9 Common Body Language Mistakes to Avoid During Presentations

  1. 1. BAD POSTURE
  2. 2. Keep your shoulders back and hold your head up so you can make eye contact. This posture conveys confidence and helps you breathe more fully. Posture is one of the most important attributes within body language during delivering a presentation.
  3. 3. CROSSED ARMS
  4. 4. Keep your arms open, and at a certain distance from your body, almost like you are giving a big bear hug. It will give a message of peace and confidence to the audience. Crossing your arms might also give the impression to your audience that you are unenthusiastic about your presentation or information.
  5. 5. LEGS MOVEMENT
  6. 6. While presentation stand confidently, make controlled movements towards the audience and make them believe you are a seasoned expert. Jiggling your legs and constantly settling your standing position will signal the audience that you’re uncomfortable and restless.
  7. 7. FORGET TO SMILE
  8. 8. Begin your presentation with a smile, in result your audience will receive your message more willingly. Unless you are delivering horrible news, it is appropriate for you to smile, even in a business meeting.
  9. 9. BAD BODY MOVEMENT
  10. 10. If you do need to move, it should have a purpose. Limit your motion, move only to emphasize a point or mark a transition in your presentation. Walking back and forth and moving your arms and legs quickly will give an odd feeling. Too much movement can make you seem nervous.
  11. 11. ROLLING YOUR EYES
  12. 12. Instead of rolling your eyes, practice smiling and try to hold steady eye contact. When you roll your eyes, you are loudly telling your audience that you don't respect them. This is a natural cue that someone is lying or not being himself.
  13. 13. AVOIDING EYE CONTACT
  14. 14. Always consider to make an eye contact with audience when making a point. You can even make it short but don’t be too quick, stay truthful when eye contact. Lack of eye contact often implies deception. Studies suggest that holding eye contact while speaking has an enormous impact on your ability to persuade.
  15. 15. MOVEMENTS OF THE HANDS
  16. 16. Try keeping your arms in front in an open manner. Use smaller, more subtle hand gestures to demonstrate your point with authority. Hiding your hands, clasping them, or fidgeting with them demonstrates weakness and a lack of confidence.
  17. 17. TURNING YOUR BACK ON THE AUDIENCE
  18. 18. Your audience wants to see you AND the screen. Face forward to your audience and ‘cheat’ with a turn of your head so you can glance at the screen ever so often. If you turn your back on your audience you will bore them. You bore them… you lose them. You should always – using the best of your ability – be in direct eye contact with your listeners.
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