Getting it wrong with your body language

Most people do not pay enough attention to their non-verbal communication. This can seriously effect your ability to convince an audience. Let’s see how we can improve our credibility.;

Coming across as false

If you don’t believe what you are saying, your body language will give you away.

Unnatural hand gestures

It’s perfectly natural to accompany your communication with hand gestures. However, they have to be natural. Some people give exaggerated gestures which nobody finds convincing.[

Posture

Stand up straight. Show confidence in yourself. No slouching.

Barriers

Avoid putting up barriers between you and your audience. This can be a physical barrier such as a podium or a table. Or it can be your own body by folding arms or the steeple fingers. You can get out from behind that barrier. Your hands can be your worst enemy.

The sideways defense is where you stand with one foot behind the other with your body angled in relation to your audience. This is a flight gesture, you just want to get out of there.

The eyes have it

Make eye contact. Don’t look away or down at the floor.

Don’t react badly to criticism

It’s a fact of life that people will criticise what you have done. Nobody is perfect. There is always room for improvement. Deal with it.

Treat your audience with respect

Listen to what they have to say, join in the discussion and enrich your contribution.