An example of this dynamic gesture can be used when you are counting out key points to your speech and raising one finger for the first point, then two fingers for the second point, and so on. Or use your hands to compliment your words. If you say hi, then wave, if you look sad, then wipe the tear, if you want the crowd to clap along then raise your hands high and motion for them to join in on the fun.
2. Open Up
Keep your hands open at all times and avoid the “prayer” position while presenting. This position gives the audience a bad impression because the clasped fingers could come off as a symbol of hierarchy to the audience or they may think you are closing off their thoughts or comments. Another impression this hand gesture gives off is the lack of confidence portrayed from your own hands. Pulling your hands together can appear as though you are pulling yourself away from the audience, scared to reach out and too nervous to unlock your hands and speak with confidence.
So open your hands and show the audience your confidence by keeping your fingers opened at all times. Invite them to feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts and opinions, after all they are the ones who paid to see you and have the authority of writing reviews on your presentation skills.
3. Loosen Up
The anxious and nervous feelings of speaking in public are expected, what is not expected is the tense way your body stiffens up during a speech. The next time you feel yourself fidgeting with your hands or cracking your knuckles, nonchalantly move your arms down and rest your hands peacefully by your side. This way they will be out of your way and not distraction to your audience.
Several public speakers have already addressed these concerns when it comes to presentation, but as the Prezi Blog continued their research, they emphasized the fundamental truth of our emotions being driven by our actions. Meaning if you behave in confidence or act in a way that represents confidence, the results will eventually get you to feel that confidence and power. So even though you might not have the confidence that day, fake it and act in confidence for your audience.
Whether you’re experienced or new to public speaking it is always good to practice your speech, try videotaping yourself to see your performance and if there needs to be any changes or alterations in your delivery and non-verbal communication. You can do this by focusing on the information above and use these presentation tips during your next speech. If you keep in mind the advice of going big, opening up and loosening up, then you will know exactly how to use your hands as a presenter and master your speech.