Communication is the key to all interactions in one’s entire life. Right from our birth, we learn to communicate in order to express ourselves and our needs. We communicate so that others may understand what we are thinking or feeling. Communication can be verbal or non-verbal. Non-verbal communication relies on one’s facial expressions, eye contact, and body language rather than on what is communicated through spoken language.
Body language refers to how you express yourself through gestures, postures, positions, and body movements and often reveals your emotional state. The way you communicate through body language impact everything from your relationships to your career, either positively or negatively.
The workplace has its own set of demands and one of the most common ones is to be able to make presentations effectively. But a lot of us get very nervous while presenting in front of crowds. Although we build up enough courage to stand and speak in front of everyone, sometimes our body language reveals how we are actually feeling without us being aware of it. Hence, it is very important to make sure we use the right body language when we present and so that we make a good and lasting impression on our audience.
Here are some tips that can help you;
- A confident person leaves a lasting impression and it is very essential that you look confident while you present your business ideas. To build up your confidence, keep your chest and arms open and your back straight. This position helps you breathe better and you’ll feel more relaxed.
- Smile to make your audience feel comfortable around you. However, you must make sure not to overdo it and be more genuine.
- Don’t be stiff and rigid. Gesture with your arms and hands, use the space you have and move around, and make eye contact with your audience. This will engage them and make them more receptive and attentive.
- To keep your audience interested and attentive, use varying gestures throughout your presentation. This could even be small or minute gestures. Involve different parts of your body in your gestures rather than just using your hands all the time.
- When interacting with your audience, always make it a point to nod while you listen to them. But always remember to keep it genuine and authentic.