“With Great Posture comes Great Presentation”*
said Voltaire *almost
For a great presentation, great posture and body language are imperative.
Ideally, we want to portray a more confident, more measured and more approachable presence when speaking or giving a presentation.
Here is how and why with great posture, comes great presentation.
So here are 4 tips to improve your presentation skills, with Posture and Body Language
Your posture affects your voice. So before you begin, here are 6 ways to perfect your posture for speaking
*Depending on whether you are standing or sitting
- Standing – plant your feet parallel, hipbone width apart and think Tall and Open
- Sitting – sit squarely on your set feet planted slightly apart and hands resting comfortably
- Spine straight and neither slumped nor rigid
- Work tension out of the shoulders and the neck area.
- Swing the arms – this is an important area, because we want them relaxed
- Smile and open the jaw – soften your jaw
2 Use your Head
Face your audience, eyes front.
What we are looking for here is openness, to be on the same level as your audience and to be approachable.
Often used when listening to somebody, is the 45 degree angle. (think of your posture when taking questions from your audience)
This unintentionally comes across as superiority with an unapproachable air.
The Mona Lisa is a perfect example of this, does she have an air of engagement, is she ready to listen? Is she open and approachable? Certainly not!
3 Straighten up!
It’s something most of us will have been told at some point, yet it’s something many of us fail to do when we present.
Here’s where posture comes into play again.
A straight back and a tall posture helps you to project your voice and confidence.
Hunching your shoulders, in contrast, can make you look withdrawn and lacking in confidence.
When we feel low, we often hunch our shoulders.We feel vulnerable and we retreat into ourselves.
We feel small.
On the other hand, when we feel jubilant, we leap in the air with outstretched arms.
We feel tall.
Take this feeling into your presentations.
Stand up tall with a straight back, You’ll look confident, positive and approachable.
Stanford Graduate School of Business provide an interesting talk on how to Make Body Language Your Super Power
4 Uncross everything!
Why do we sometimes cross our legs when standing up to give a presentation?
*We feel it’s a more comfortable way of standing.
*We’re completely unaware of the fact we’re crossing our legs.
Perhaps all three.
The problem is that it’s giving a signal to the audience that we feel uncomfortable presenting. Body language and good posture are vital to a good presentation.
Take a close look at the picture above, though smiling, her arms are as close to her body as possible and her legs are crossed.
Does she look confident and open?
The audience wants to feel that it’s in capable hands – and they’re only going to feel that if you uncross your legs and stand up straight, with great posture and body language.
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