10 Body Language Tips From the 2015 G7 Conference
Monitor your inflection and emphasize points with images, analogies, and volume of your voice.
- Smile – possibly your most powerful weapon; smiling at your audience will not only make them feel more comfortable but ensure they are much more receptive to what you are saying.
- Eye contact – make eye contact with members of your audience. It’s a fact that people pay more attention to those who look them in the eye. Engage with your audience.
- Make your point – be sure to use positive gestures such as smiling and nodding. You must be seen to believe your own point if you want your audience to do the same.
- Be authoritative – to emphasize a point in your speech, use small, staccato gestures and speak calmly; President Obama is quite adept at this. A definitive gesture of authority when you speak is to place both of your hands, palms down, on the lectern or table you are using.
- Get your audiences’ attention – Monitor your inflection and emphasize points with images, analogies, and volume of your voice.
- Confidence - look confident even if you’re not feeling that way by being mindful of your posture. Open your chest and arms and keep your back straight; by doing this you’ll be able to control your breathing and feel more relaxed. See photo above – however the conversation is going with Chancellor Merkel, President Obama seems relaxed about it.
- Walk it – bring your speech alive by using the physical space available to you. You can even mark subject changes by repositioning yourself on stage or in the speaking area.
- Power of the Pause - If you get a difficult question at the end of your talk, pause and show you are thinking about it and look the inquisitor in the eye.
- Vary your gestures – Bigger is usually better, but if you shift between large and small gestures, be poised and confident with both.
- Palm of your hand – gesturing with your palms exposed shows that you are open and willing to negotiate, while palms turned down indicate that you are closed to negotiation.
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Sources: Forbes.com: 10 Simple And Powerful Body Language Tips
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