Hand Gestures While Presenting #20044

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Hand Gestures While Presenting #20044

This video demonstrates the “presentation strike zone,” the area of your body between your shoulders and waist that your hands should occupy when you speak before an audience. Observe how limiting any hand gesturing body language to this area makes it easy for your audience to see both your hands and your face at one glance. The speaker demonstrates how gesturing outside this area can be distracting and ineffective; such hand motions should only be used when audience attention is purposely being directed towards something outside of the strike zone.



Main Points

  1. The strike zone is the area between your shoulders and waist.
  2. Limit your hand movement to the area in the strike zone when speaking.
  3. Move your hands outside the strike zone to draw the audience's attention to something else.

More Practice
Once you have viewed this video, you may also want to visit these related pages:
Look at Your Audience
Oral Presentation Skills and Voice Gestures
Presenting Smoothly Without Quirks

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