The 9 Greatest Body Language Tips for Presentations

If you’re getting ready for a public speaking
event or a presentation, understanding body language is key in setting a tone that will
resonate with your audience. Hey guys welcome to Ideas Made Easy. Every week we share with
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down the hidden meanings behind the different forms of body language, so check them out.
Talking with your hands needs to be secondary to your speaking. Standing completely still
will make you seem boring but waving your arms around too much will distract your audience.
Hey Alex, how was your weekend? My weekend? Well I tried to go to sleep early but then
I kept waking up to the sound of construction you know? So then I went fishing and I caught
this gigantic fish. Uh ok. Oh, sorry. So anyway, this fish was huge! Here’s what you can do.
Keep your hands open and palms facing your audience. This will make you appear inviting
and let them see you in a more welcoming light. Don’t put your hands in your pockets or behind
your back. Hiding your hands gives off the impression that you are nervous and have something
to hide. Never raise your arms above your shoulder height. Raising your arms high above
your head makes you look like you’re overcompensating for the topic you’re presenting. Having good
posture will make you appear more alert and respected by your audience. That includes
standing up straight, limiting the amount of fidgeting and always facing the crowd.
Hey, I just finished sketching up our new website layout. Do you want to take a look
at it? Sure, why not? I can come back later if you’re not up for it. No, no it’s fine.
Are you sure? Yea, I’m brimming with energy. You know what, I’m just gonna come back. Here’s
what you can do. Never turn your back to the audience. Your presentation will seem a lot
less personal if the audience feels like you aren’t speaking to them. When you start to
feel nervous, breathe. Getting nervous can lead to fidgeting and fidgeting during your
presentation will make you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about. Stand up straight
and hold your head high. Imagine you’re being held at the top of your head by an invisible
string so that you are always standing tall. Making eye contact with your audience allows
you to add an extra level of depth to your presentation. It brings you down to the audience’s
level and allows you to address them personally. So uh, what did you guys think of that panel?
Yea, I heard it was really great. Yea it was, it was really interesting. That’s really interesting.
Uh, ok well I gotta get going. It’s so hard to speak to people sometimes. No, it’s easy.
Just look at them straight in the eye. Straight in the eye? Like, like this? Straight in the
eye when you’re speaking to them? Uh, yea um. Ok bye. Bye. Here’s what you can do. Don’t
always be the first to break eye contact. Looking away too soon can make you appear
shy so try to hold eye contact for at least 5 seconds at a time before looking away. Refrain
from staring at someone too long. Long eye contact is good but staring at long after
they look away is creepy. When a person breaks eye contact take that as a sign that it’s
safe you to do to as well. Make eye contact with everyone when talking to a group. Focusing
on one person will leave everyone else ignored so try to look at someone new every time you
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friends and co-workers. Today’s challenge question is “What is one thing you want to
improve about your body language?”. Hop on over to the GetCourse blog where the real
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Friday. Thank you guys so much for watching. I’ll catch you guys next week, see ya later.

7 Replies to “The 9 Greatest Body Language Tips for Presentations

  1. Joshua Rodriguez; Sorry, but you talk funny. Before you teach others, you go and learn how to fix the strange movements you do with your lips.
    Avinoam Hadas

  2. I love the examples of poor body language. Even though they are exaggerated, I like how it points out what not to do.

    Also, a multi-cultural cast! How wonderful. I want my teaching materials to be reflective of my student body. The mostly-white-casts of every other video out there are very disappointing.

  3. Thank you Joshua Rodriguez for your public speaking tips. I am sure many people can benefit from your sincere help.

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