What Do I Do with My Hands When I give a Speech?

Drop Your Hands to Your Side when Not Using Them to Gesture

We are continuing with the 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear series, and pub tip number seven is to drop your hands when not using them to gesture as you present. One of the most common questions that we get from people who are looking for specific public speaking tips is, “What do I do with my hands?” The most common place for your hands to be when you are not using them is dropped to your side. When you drop your hands as a speaker, you are showing your audience that you are at ease and in control. It also allows you to make powerful and energetic gestures when you next use your hands. If you have your hands in front of you, and your hands are clasped together, you will use fewer gestures when you present. When you do gesture, your movements will be small and show low energy. However, when you drop your hands to your side and then gesture, the gesture is more powerful. This video shows examples of how this actually looks to an audience.

What Do I Do with My Hands When I give a Speech?

So, the answer is to drop your hands, and then use your hands to gesture effectively when you deliver a presentation!

The video above is just a small part of the full 25 minute Fearless Presentations ® Orientation video with all 10 public speaking tips and much more. If you’d like to watch the full video from start to finish, click here!

The key thing to remember about this tip is look for the positive visual feedback from your audience, and your confidence will grow.

<= Go back to tip #6: Look for Positive Feedback from Your Audience

Go to tip #8: Design Your Presentations about Topics About Which You Are an Expert =>


Author: Doug Staneart, Date Published: 04/15/16

Doug Staneart is the CEO of The Leader's Institute. LLC and founder of the Fearless Presentations class. He is author of Fearless Presentations, Mastering Presentations, and 28 Ways to Influence People.

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