Public speakers often get very confused with what to do with their hands and feet.
Before you speak shake your body out – even if it is in the bathroom just before you have to be seated.
RAISE YOUR HANDS OVER YOUR HEAD, DO THE SUPER HERO POSES to GET AS MUCH OXYGEN IN YOUR BODY AS POSSIBLE,
Make sure you have lots of breath and energy in your body – you will need it.
As public speakers you need to keep your feet pointed straight ahead and if you move, move WITH PURPOSE! Always point your feet toward the audience you are speaking too.
Men or women wearing flat heals should rise slightly onto their tip toes
for a moment to loosen their knees and give themselves more flexibility so as not to appear stiff.
NOW THOSE HANDS – the beginning speakers nightmare – oy – the worst thing you can do is to POINT at your audience. Pointing is considered VERY RUDE in many cultures. Considering most of our audiences are multi – cultural we want to keep them all happy.
Instead of pointing, use a sweeping gesture, like you see them do on airlines when the staff are directing you toward the exits or overheads. Or think Vanana White on “The Price is Right.”
Try not to wave your hands around aimlessly or touch your face or hair (all very distracting and shows the speaker is nervous). Leave your hands by your side until you need them. You might use them to show the size of an object, to raise your arms to underline a specific talking point or show emotion.
Then there is the FAMOUS GAVEL all the professional public speakers LOVE – the photo above, demonstrates it beautifully. When you want to underline a statement – use “the gavel” – you will notice most politicians doing it to stress a certain point: “We need your vote!”
Hand to heart – this is a good one, when telling of something that touched your heart OR to convey deep emotion – gently touch your hand to your heart – i.e.
“I love America” – you will see this all the time. It subliminally conveys sincerity.
Remember, many people (especially sales people and politicians) have studied HAND GESTUES so don’t believe if someone touches their hand to their heart that they are ALWAYS TELLING THE TRUTH!