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The importance of good posture in public speaking


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Good body language when giving a presentation plays a huge part in so many ways – here are my top three:

  • It helps you to feel calm & confident on the inside and look calm and confident on the outside
  • It demonstrates high status meaning the audience feel you have something worth listening to
  • It helps you to breathe easily and project your voice

When you stand with a strong presentation posture you feel calm and confident inside. Take a look at our video on the topic and try it out for yourself! Once you feel calm and confident the audience can’t help but sense that from you and see it in you. (The opposite is also true that if you look scared and nervous the audience will see that and feel that too).

Did you know? Typically 14-16 areas of the women’s brain are active when reading body language compared to a typical male’s brain with 4-6 active areas.

Did you know? When asked to decode a silent movie woman were twice as good at it than men. 87% of women correctly guessed what was happening in the movie Vs just 42% of men. Apparently, homosexual men and men in highly emotional jobs did nearly as well as women.

Did you know? Someone with autism may not exhibit typical body language and may seem incongruent with what they are saying. Additionally, they may not be as naturally skilful in decoding other’s body language.

Rightly or wrongly, human nature drives us to follow (and trust) high-impact or “high-status” individuals, so if you want to influence and persuade, having a good presentation posture and avoiding unconscious low-status body language is a good idea.

Body Language & Status Exercise – try this out!

  • Reflect upon which of these styles you are most like?
  • What can you learn from that?
  • Practise your new body language whenever you can – even standing in a queue!

Can you see how important body language is? And it all happens before you’ve even said a word!

Finally, good posture and body language is critical to ensuring you stand up straight, open your windpipe and can breathe easily. You won’t suffer from a shortness of breath and you’ll add to your calm composure. A good presentation posture also leads to better voice production and projection so you don’t have to shout to be heard.

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