Body language skills to boost your presentation

Posted on 2015/07/01

As the great psychologist Albert Mehrabian said, words convey 7% of a message, the vocal expression a further 38%, and body language puts across a massive 55% of the meaning. Using this calculation, it can be said that an immobile, inexpressive speaker is wasting over half of the impact of his or her message. This can be remedied by simply taking your time and being mindful of the following tips to help you reach your audience through the power of body language. 


Use your space

You must take command of the space around you. Sometimes you may be limited in this facet, but most of the time you will have at least a few metres that you can move around in. Take it! Nothing shows more confidence and power than a person who is comfortable and in charge of their own space. Don't overdo it by shuffling about all over the place, but calmly and purposefully command the area you have.

Gestures

Make use of your body to make gestures and emphasise your points. Never close yourself off by using blocking gestures like crossing your arms. Instead, concentrate on using clean, open, non-threatening gestures. Try to begin your presentation with your hands by your sides, showing neutrality.


Facial expressions

There are 43 muscles in the human face. This results in a hugely diverse array of expressions. Use them. If you are in a large room or auditorium, you have more scope for over-exaggerated facial expressions. In a smaller room, try to keep them more natural. A good way to practise your expressions is in front of a mirror. Try running through your presentation without making a sound, instead concentrating on the movements of your face and the emotions they convey.

Props

If you are using any objects in your presentation, you must use them with confidence. Incorporate them into your message and give them reason. Do not simply stand there twiddling.

Get to know your tech

If you are using tech, such as IQPolls, for audience feedback collection, make sure you have everything working properly, and that you are absolutely 100% confident with the system. There is nothing worse than a technical difficulty in the middle of your interactive presentation.