When you reflect on your next presentation, what do you think about first? Do you think about your slides? Do you think about your voice? Do you think about your message? I bet you don’t think about your body language, but your body communicates a lot when you are on stage.
Try to stand up straight and have the friendliest posture. On top of that, try to have natural movements that will make your audience welcome in your presentation.
Don’t expect to control your body language completely but avoid these two behaviors:
– The first one is to turn your back to your audience. It might come natural to you because you want to check your slides, but you should have a laptop or a monitor in your line of sight so you never need to turn your back.
– The other thing is lecterns. Whenever there is a lectern you just stand in front of it, on the side of it, but never present from behind it. The only exception is if you are an old eminent professor.
- Your body language is part of your presentation.
- Don’t turn around, don’t look at your slides, don’t turn your back to your audience.
- Whenever there is a lectern consider it like a radioactive zone of the stage. Step away and keep away of it.