Speaking is a means to communicate with others. Messages can be conveyed using other means too. Actions, signs, facial expressions and the body posture speak louder and clearer than words.
Views and ideas can be conveyed to the audience more effectively if words are accompanied by actions and expressions. Many public speakers fail miserably in passing a message to the audience simply because their words lacked reinforcement.
Appropriate body movements will make the words more forceful and the message will sink deep into the hearts of the audience. This article tries to explain the right body posture a public speaker has to maintain in order to impress the audience and to convey the message more effectively to the public.
It is a natural instinct to look at the speaker while listening to him. So when you are speaking publically, remember that there are so many eyes fixed on you. Make use of this natural instinct of your audience and express your feelings on your face.
Expressionless speaking is almost dead words which nobody pays any attention to. Change your facial expression according to the meaning of words you speak or the situations you create through your speaking.
Smiling, frowning and appearing to be angry, shocked and puzzled are some of the expressions you can use to reinforce your words.
Keeping an eye contact with every member of the audience is essential to get the audience interested in what you speak. The audience is looking at you and if you look back at them, it will give the impression that there is a link between you and your audience.
Wherever possible, look at each and every member of the audience. But remember not to stare at anyone for longer time. Make it casual; move on from face to face. If your audience is quite large, you can concentrate on groups of people rather than on individual members.
Keeping an eye contact with your listeners will help you to gauge the mood of the audience. The facial expressions will reveal the inner thoughts of the audience and if you think that your audience is feeling bored, you can make appropriate changes in the tone and manner of your speech.
The Way You Stand
Speakers who are nervous forget all about their body postures when they stand up to speak. Standing straight and firm in front of an audience is a matter to be practiced.
Control the unnecessary movements of your legs and feet. Keep your legs and feet firm on the floor. Your legs should neither be too apart nor too close. Place your legs parallel to your body sides. Distribute your body weight equally on both the legs. Leaning on one leg, bending your backbone, keeping your head low and looking on the ground are all inappropriate ways of standing in front of an audience.
Slight leg movement, appropriate to what you speak will be welcome but involuntary and uncontrollable leg movements will be considered a weakness and an outward sign of your fear in facing your audience. Though you have a good message to pass on to the audience, if your posture is inappropriate, you will fail miserably in your endeavor and you will instead become a laughing stock.
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