When presenting, confidence is usually expressed through excellent posture and movement. How you carry yourself physically can reflect how you hold yourself mentally.
General tips on posture and movement:
- Stand tall. Poor upper body posture can often reflect low self-esteem.
- Use the “ready” position. When you are presenting and you want to express confidence, you should stand with your weight forward.
- Be natural
- Feet should be slightly apart
- Find a comfortable position
- Face your audience
- Watch your lower body. You can lose the audience’s attention if you do any of the following things for an extended period of time:
- Shifting your weight back to one hip
- Rocking side to side
- Rocking back and forth on your heels and toes
- Tapping your foot
- Pacing or “wearing concrete shoes”.
- Try not to fold your arms – it sends a negative message that you have a closed mind
- Don’t slouch or sag
- Try not to wave your hands around too much
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