Most people have the goal when delivering a presentation to either be memorable or get the audience engaged right from the start.
But we want you to be memorable for all the right reasons!
When delivering a presentation many people have the fear of what to do with their hands. However, this fear often materalises whilst you’re in the middle of a presentation.
You know how it is, everything is going fine until an idea pops in to your head that your hands have developed a mind of their own and they are waving, quite uncontrollably, all around.
Once you recognise this, the fear becomes all consuming and you start to concentrate hard on not waving your hands which has one of two outcoms 1) either it gets worse or 2) you’re concentrating so hard onwhere your hands are you forget about what you are supposed to be talking about.
For many people speaking in public is a real fear but it’s often the smaller, more practical things which faze us the most. Quite simply if you don’t feel right you probably won’t perform right and we don’t want that.
In this post we’re going to try and tackle some of these things, which will help give you once less thing to worry about when delivering your memorable (for the right reasons!) presentation.
After all you don’t want to be remembered as the sweating guy with waving hands….
So, these hands, what do we do with them?
Well, the simple answer is to find your default position.
The default position is where your hands are in a natural, comfortable position, somewhere around the centre of your body. Although, one thing the default position is definitely not, is your hands in your pockets – as this just looks far too casual.
Plus if you’re a boy and you have your hand in your pocket and you’re smiling, people will wonder what you’re up to.
Just imagine you’re holding an egg slightly in front of you about waist height, with your arms slightly bent. Not too hard that the egg will break, but not too gently that you drop it. This way you won’t look like you’re stressing or wringing your hands out in fear.
If you remember to keep your hands in the default position, you’ll no longer have to worry about what they are doing. They will look after themselves.
That doesn’t mean that they have to stay in that position all through the presentation, it just means that this is the position they return to after you’ve finished emphasising your point.
Time for ‘T’
Talking of staying in position, I like to stand in a slight ‘T’ position when I’m presenting. That means that my feet are about shoulder width apart with my leading foot pointing forward and my less dominant foot angled to the side (in my case my left foot points towards my left) – basically in a ‘T’ arrangement if you’re looking straight down.
Just remember to face in the direction of your leading foot as you’ll look all twisted when you’re presenting! So the sharp witted amongst you will realise that your leading foot should be pointing towards your audience!
Practice makes perfect
Make sure you practice this a few times in the mirror, so that you’ll feel comfortable and you know where you default postition is. Not only will you sound more believable, you’ll look at a lot more natural and if you look natural, you’re halfway there to delivering your memorable presentation.