Presentation skills: Body Language!
  • Jul 05, 2021
  • EOE Digital

Last week we discussed the basics when it comes down to presentation skills. Today we are discussing another important element- your body language.
We should never underestimate the power of body language as it has a significant influence on your presentation. Let us start with the basics.

What is body language?

It is how your body communicates in the absence of words. This could include hand gestures, facial expressions, and body movements which could be a dead giveaway of how you really feel or think.
 

Why is body language important?

  • According to Forbes, the message conveyed in sales is 55% nonverbal, 38% tone, and 71% words.
  • You make an impression in less than 7 seconds after meeting someone.
  • The use of personal space, physical gestures, posture, facial expressions, and eye contact could potentially enhance, support, or weaken your presence.
  • Scientists have found that nonverbal cues make four times the impression than anything you say.
Need we say anymore?

 
Body language Tips

Smiling

According to a UC Berkeley study, a smile can be similar to the stimulus of receiving cash! Maybe you did not make a good impression or people are not getting a good vibe from you. A smile could change a person’s perception and cause a replicated response, a smile back!


Posture

Do not slouch! This is probably one that you have heard from your mom or a prim and proper English teacher. Slouching makes you look like you are carrying the weight of the world and does not extrude confidence. Now, if you are of a certain age or have a condition then it does not apply. Stand tall, with your stomach in and shoulders pulled back. Not only will you appear confident and ready for your presentation, but you will feel it!


Power pose

Can you picture how Superman stands on the front page of a comic book? That is the famous power pose. This pose exudes confidence and can establish authority when it is required in your presentation. However, you got to be careful how you execute it as it might come across as weird. Practice how you incorporate it in your presentation in front of a mirror and try to make it as natural as possible.

 
Utilize your space

Have you ever wondered why some people pace when they are on the phone? This is due to years of social conditioning and the emotional response is translated into physical movement. By moving and utilizing your space, you remember your points, and stops you from fidgeting. It also creates the impression that you are comfortable and confident in the topic and your environment.
 

Do not forget facial expressions

Through facial expressions, you will allow the passion you have for your topic to shine through, but do not overdo it as it can come across as mockery and insincere. Practice by recording yourself or asking someone to watch you and provide their input.
  • Gestures
Some people speak naturally with their hands. However, this can be reduced when they are nervous. We encourage you to talk with your hands as this brings the audience's attention to you and gives the impression that you are an effective communicator.
 
  • Maintain eye contact
Maintaining eye contact with the audience can make it feel more personalized, as if you are talking to them individually. Even if it’s a one-on-one session, the eye contact shows your interest.