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Public Speaking: Giving a Great Speech : Public Speaking Tips: Body Language

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Oh hey. We're talking about what to do with your body right now. Obviously, don't do this. One of the things I see happen a whole lot when people give speeches - they're generally at a podium and they get real comfortable on the podium. They're leaning over podium, they're holding onto the podium, I can see the white knuckle grip on the podium, and then they start rocking the podium. Not good, not good.What we're looking for here is posture. Now do you have to stand up like your grandmother said stand up straight? No. You want casual posture. Don't lock your knees.You know what happens if you lock your knees? You pass out. Okay, what kind of speech is that? Casual posture, unlocked knees. Now, if you're really crazy and brave, and you want to walk, that's cool. I like walking. Just don't do this. Make sure you have a space to walk, and you don't want to pace. See, right now i'm just kind of talking out my nerves on my walk, and that's not what you want to do, because that becomes a really really bad distraction. What I want to do is move with a purpose. Let me tell you about this. And then I stop, and I tell you about it. And let me tell you about this. And I come and I stop and I talk. And that's a great thing to do when you're a public speaker, but if you're more comfortable behind the table or the podium, simply stay behind the podium with good posture. Now let's talk about your hands. None of that. I see a lot of this. I get a lot of tapping, I get a lot of moving the hands around. The podium is your friend, yes, but keep your hands off it. Just rest your hands here. Now another thing that you want to avoid is the same gesture over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over. Watch your gesturing. Not too much, not too little. A gesture now and then is a really good choice, just don't overdo it.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 22 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA
Views: 349
Posted by: kyllin on Jan 22, 2010

Body language in public speeches makes a big impression on an audience. Maintain good posture and body language for speeches with tips from a communications specialist in this free public speaking video.

Expert: Tracy Goodwin

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