The Art of Body Language and Presenting Smoothly

What an amazing amount of courage it takes for any of us to stand before an audience. Every speaker, no matter how famous, needs bravery to speak to an audience. Your bravery is increased because you are able to communicate in two languages: The language of speech and the language of the body.

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

- Shakespeare Measure for Measure Act I, scene iv

Your stance, how you move, and your facial and hand gestures tell the audience about you. According to Arnold and Roach (1989), non-verbal messages often take precedence over verbal and communicate more. Psychologists tell us the words we use comprise at best only 30% of communication.

This is good news to those of us whose English is poor, to those of us who dislike speaking, and to those of us who have slides. Now, how to use your body to communicate the messages you want to give the audience? You need good eye contact as well as a stance and gestures that show your courage.

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