From winning a job to winning new business for your job, presentation skills are both fundamental and an area for continual development. Body language is key.
Body language impacts and sends messages to people all the time. We need to be aware of what our bodies are doing and we need to use it for our benefit because every interaction–not just the job interview, not just the performance review, not just the presentation—it’s every interaction we have with other people. It’s:
how are others perceiving us? — Donna Warrick
Something as basic as posture can demonstrate confidence in an initial job interview. And with a little more practice, it can give you a competitive edge in important business pitches. Certain postures can even physically and mentally energize you to think more clearly and speak with authority.
Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words. — Deborah Bull
This is why focusing on non-verbal cues is a key component of our presentation skills workshops. The messages in how you stand and how you gesture can change the outcome of any important engagement.
In a recent body language presentation as part of a corporate learning day, Donna Warrick laid out the range of physical habits that can be learned and others that should be avoided.
An enthusiastic audience closed the talk with important questions about body language for Skype video conferencing (should you stand or sit?) and how to make an impact while presenting to a group around a boardroom table. It’s one of the most practical training programs we offer, helpful to the individual as well as the organization.
You can learn more about Jamesson Solutions popular presentation skills workshops here.
A blur of blinks, taps, jiggles, pivots and shifts … the body language of a man wishing urgently to be elsewhere. — Edward R. Murrow
Food for thought: “Forty-three Quotes on Body Language” from Psychology Today