The Body Language of Public Speaking

A great presentation takes more than smart preparation and perfect verbal execution of the speech. Public speaking is a whole-body affair. Your speech needs your movement to communicate expression and illustrate emotion. Spoken word is received more effectively through actions because human beings are natural mimickers. We tend to connect to the honesty expressed through one’s body language and are the most immediate to respond to it. Therefore, in order to become a great public speaker, you need to also learn the nuances of your body language that can positively assist your speech. Let’s teach your body some language, from the tip to the toe

  • Head-

Your most transparent part of the body is the head which consists of your eyes which need to deliver the emotions corresponding to your speech, your ears that need to always listen to the mood of the audience, and your mouth that needs to actually speak for you. Always remember to make eye contact with your audience, keep your head straight but not rigid, and speak with enunciation and intonation.

  • Hands and Shoulders-

These body parts play the most significant role in non- verbal communication. If delivering the speech is one part of the mountain, your hand gestures and shoulder posture is the other. Keep your hands busy while speaking. Gesture with them; use them to indicate passion, incredulity, pause, flow and all the other element that you cannot completely explain through words. Always keep your arms open and face your audience with your palms more often than the back of your hand, to give the impression of welcoming and familiarity. Keep you back straight, while hunching and relaxing your shoulders according to the sensitivity of your dialogue.

  • Legs-

Public speaking provides huge stages for the speaker. Make use of that stage by walking during the speech. Embrace the openness and the space and use it feel comfortable and free. Having said that, your speech can be equally effective if you choose to stand in one spot throughout. However, avoid fidgeting or bending your knees, and maintain a strong posture throughout. It communicates stability, confidence and focus.

Body language to speaking is like the narration of thoughts in a novel to the actual words of the characters in it. It is not only a foundation to the speech; it is the carrier of the purpose and intelligence of the spoken word. Public speaking is an art, and art is personal to each. So, develop that body language with the tips from above, and know the impact your speech will create for yourself.