Gestures above the Waist

Making gestures during a speech can help you convey your message more effectively. However, many speakers do not use their gestures wisely, which negatively affects their speech and audience perception. This video focuses on how to make powerful gestures during a speech that will communicate clarity and confidence.

WHAT PUBLIC SPEAKING QUESTIONS DOES THIS VIDEO ANSWER?

· What tips can I use to make my gestures more powerful?

· How do my gestures communicate power?

· What does it mean to keep my gestures above the waist?

· Why are gestures and movements important during a presentation?

· What are some common mistakes people make when gesturing?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

So you’ve gotten the preparation in, you’ve done some training, and now you’re ready to deliver. These videos will help you know what to do during the speech.

You’ve worked so hard on your presentation. You’ve mentally made notes to do gestures at appropriate moments. Your paralanguage is rock solid. Your non-verbals are great, and your eye contact is ready to roll. What happens? You get on stage and nobody sees any gestures that you do.

That’s because one of the most common mistakes in public speaking is that gestures are made too low for your audience to see. So while you might be able to see my shoulders moving now, you can’t see what my hands are doing because my gestures aren’t visible.

Avoid this problem. Here’s how.

Think of all your gestures as needing to happen above the waist. Keeping your gestures above the waist will allow them to be seen better by your audience. Let me give you an example also about keeping gestures above the waist and how it relates to power. If you’re going to enumerate something on the side 1, 2, 3. That’s okay, but if you want it to be really powerful get it above the waist and to your audience 1, 2, 3. So much more clear, so much more powerful, and kept above the waist.

Make your gestures clear.

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