Body language is the movement and expressions you make when you communicate and are under stress, happy, sad etc and they are the key to how you are feeling at any given time. If one is maybe feeling guilty of not putting the dog out or has told a white lie, its body language that exhibits this to others. That look of uneasiness, anxiousness etc tells a potential story. In fact its true to say your body language can be seen to say how you feel and so on even before you speak in certain cases.
So here are some key points to bear in mind.
1. Your Facial Expression
This is the first part of your body an audience will generally look at when you approach the podium to deliver a public speech and it generally sets the mood in the sense of friendly or unfriendly, a tired or fresh look, if your confident or in fear or worse still in apathy your face is the body part to give your mood away.
Tip: Before you even approach the podium to give a speech, find something to smile about – from memory, imagination etc and soon enough you will smile thus before you start speaking you will present a warm and happy persona to the gathered audience.
2. Dress and Attire
Looking professional makes you feel professional and so attention to your attire will certainly give you confidence and this will reflect in your approach – believe in yourself!
3. Your Eyes
They reveal a lot and when you enter an arena, they are generally the first thing people will look at they can say a lot before you even speak. Focusing on one person in the audience can be detrimental as it can be seen to be “eyeballing”.Just look straight ahead, focus on the wall in front of you and an you will have a captive audience for sure.
Some people are expressive with there hands (an example would be the late Magnus Pike) whilst others are not. This is really a choice thing and what works for you either way your personality is a key factor when addressing an audience and its that ultimately (and what you have to say and how you say it) that keeps them hooked (interested).
5. Your Posture
Your can walk about on the stage and even interact with the audience if its relevant (can be used to win the audience over too) but it is dependent on the subject matter as to the degree of interaction in the first place.
Body language is a vastly underused theory but used effectively it brings about a successful public speech and has your target audience in the palm of your hand.
Body Language Explained
Many people who claim to understand body language in reality do not. Its easy to assume that if one is stuttering or has clammy hands that he or she is lying for example but equally they may just have a medical condition that causes this. To be an expert in the art of body language one must understand the people.
Many people will tell “white lies” show me someone who has never done this. however when one is flagrantly lying that’s another story and if you really and truly understand the mechanics of this then your all set to go. There are those people who are so skilled in communication that they virtually impossible to read and give away nothing but these people are few and far between. Obnosis and practice is the key here and this in turn brings about confidence.