In public speaking, non-verbal communication is as critical as the words you speak. Here are four ways to send the right visual cues.
Standing up tall and upright while speaking tells your audience that you are engaged. Display good posture by straightening your back, squaring your shoulders, lifting your chin, and tucking in your tummy. Ask a friend to take a photo of you presenting so that you can assess yourself.
#2 Fine tune your voice
Project your voice towards something further away in the room, rather than what’s in front of you. Do voice exercises. Watch videos of both good and bad speakers.
#3 Hold their gaze
Eye contact with your audience is critical no matter the crowd size. Pick a few people and hold each person’s gaze for a few seconds. Good eye contact assures your audience that you are confident, and helps you gauge how your message is being perceived.
#4 Let your hands “talk”
Use frequent but natural hand gestures to drive home important points to your audience.
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