Tip #27: Use good body language

On June 21, 2004, Posted by , In presentation, By , With Comments Off on Tip #27: Use good body language

Body language (how you look and move) can either enhance or undermine your message. Good body language will help you appear confident and knowledgeable. Poor body language will interfere with your message and your credibility.

For more effective body language communication, fight the urge to:

  • lean into a stationary microphone (use a lavaliere microphone instead, and remember to turn it off during private moments…)
  • stand poker straight or immobile, or the opposite- rock or sway in place, or pace (yes, Tom Peters paces- and it makes us dizzy!)
  • use a single gesture repeatedly, or use obviously practiced gestures
  • chew gum or suck on candy (we really do notice!)- unless you are using a lozenge to keep from coughing, in
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