As we have previously started off our blogs in the past, might I begin by thanking you for reading this. This particular article, which swims in a sea of other ones related to verbal communication and speech making, addresses the issue of body language.
As a link to our previous article on public speaking, we started off by talking about connecting with your audience.
A very similar aspect in public speaking that not many people do successfully is body language. So many adolescents will come up to the front of the class, and give their speech. They might stand still, bury their nose in their paper, cross their legs, or continually bite their nails and not articulate but the effect is the same. It’s boring.
No one wants to see you cross your legs and look as though you’re nailed to a post, because it’s boring. Your speech might be great, but it’ll be significantly hampered by your inability to simply move around. No one’s asked you to stand there like a popsicle stick; all they’re thinking is the grade they’ll give you and when they can escape from this boring catastrophe.
So instead of giving that frozen look, or burying your nose in your notes, or not moving at all and standing there like there’s no tomorrow, try moving around. It’ll have a greater effect than you might think. If it’s an inspirational speech, try moving your hand out and try to grasp an imaginary bubble. If it’s a factual speech, try moving around, walking up and down your stage (no matter how big or small), and state your facts. Try pinching your thumb and index finger together and poke the air with every point you make to deliver emphasis. If it’s a commemoration speech, try looking from person to person, instead of your paper, or a blank wall. It may be a depressing speech, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it; it also doesn’t mean that you’re being insensitive.
As a conclusion, might I thank you for reading this article, and hopefully this will be a start to an interesting and educational discussion. As a future look at next week’s blog, we’ll go more into how to phrase a speech, and where to place emphasis and meaning into words. Until then, thanks for reading!