Chances are, if you are on this site you are familiar with public speaking gurus like Dr. Wayne Dyer or someone like Mark Victor Hansen. These folks are using the best gestures without even knowing it.
Importance of non-verbal communication:
It is interesting to consider the work of Albert Mehrabian, who has become known for his publications and findings on the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication. Albert Mehrabian has come up with what is known as the 7%-38%-55% rule. This rule states that our words account for 7%, tone of voice accounts for 38%, and our body language accounts for 55% of our total communication.
So, it is one thing to master the verbal content and structure of your lecture or presentation, but if body language makes up 55% of our ability to portray this content, how can we refine this?
See this short 1:03 second video by Jack Canfield on Planning Your Day. Notice how Jack uses his hand gestures to move his speech.
Firstly, what is meant by body language?
1) Hand Gestures
2) Gait (How you walk)
3) Kinesics (Body Movement)
4) Facial changes including skin color
5) Eye Gaze
Body language is very subtle. People can feel our energy. Body language can be considered an unwritten form of communication. People can feel this, which actually leaves a deeper impression than what is conscious to the intellect.
The gestures we make in our talks affect our audience. How can we learn to direct our energy in the most effective way during our presentations?
Enhance your public speaking gestures:
1) Be natural, but put your attention and awareness on refining your non-verbal approach.
2) Watch leaders in the industry deliver their message. They speak with their body, and communicate with their heart.
3) Practice your natural delivery in front of a mirror.
4) Have a friend or colleague record you and suggest places to add or improve gestures.
Additional effective modes of communication:
Some additional effective modes of communication include but are not limited to: Social media, Telephone Conferencing, Webinar, Webcasting, Seminars etc. Phone conferencing is a great way to start building your network and gain confidence, clarity and credibility. With a mode of communication such as phone conferencing one can focus solely on content rather than having to worry about any face-to-face or non-verbal approach. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and gain confidence at early stages.
The best public speaking gestures are those born from an innocent passion and a solid delivery. The best body language comes from not only mastery of your content, but a burning desire to portray to your audience. Having said this, it is no mystery that in order to be the best public speaker we can be, we must speak about what we love.