Jazz hands aren’t going to cut it. Hand gestures must be compelling and strategic to make an impact, not a distraction.
Note: This is a part of my Delivery Skills series on the Delivery Core Four (if you missed it read it here).
Today, we’re tackling a topic that poor Ricky Bobby just couldn’t figure out… what DO you do with your hands?
And while it was pretty funny for him to look like a fool, I’m certain that you have a different vision for your next presentation.
It can be a little overwhelming to consider that your have to plan not only amazing, compelling content, you also have to practice your words, how you say them… and think about what your hands are doing while you speak! Yikes!
Hands tend to be used haphazardly in communication. This is an absolute shame because using your hands strategically can help your audience better understand your words, it can build stronger trust and makes your message more memorable.
Today, I’m sharing the 3 fundamentals you must master. Regardless on which side of the spectrum you sit, too much hand movement or none at all? Here’s 3 tactics to set yourself up for your hands to really jive………get it?
Before you can focus on what to do with your hands, you must get comfortable having them in the propoer position to use. I’ve found that these are the 3 things that contribute to successfully (and consistently) using your hands during presentations:
OK. Now it’s time to PRACTICE!
Stand up (that is important) and work through the tips from the video so you can start getting comfortable with your hands. Just start talking outloud (about anything) and try movement using your hands in the beach ball zone.
Now that your hands are in prime position for gestures, it’s time to tackle WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM? Check out my 7 go-to gestures here!