3 Body Language Mistakes to Avoid When Presenting
Not paying attention to your nonverbal behavior might lead you to deliver “disastrous presentation”. Your body language sends both intended and unintended messages to your audience. Therefore, any presenter must pay attention to their body language. In this blog post, you will learn about the three major body language mistakes that you can avoid when presenting.
1- Staying rigid and static
Being stationary and not moving while presenting will cause you to deliver a dull and stiff presentation. To avoid that, choose two spots on stage and use them for “stage anchoring”. One spot is for all of your positive stories, messages and the lessons you want to deliver. While the other spot “theater spot” is for sad stories, negative and painful experiences. Guess what! If you want to sell a product or service at the end of your talk, which would be the spot you need to be at?
2- Not making eye contact
It is not a secret that not making eye contact with your audience, or not looking at them at all, will make you look weak unconfident. The best way to feel comfortable making eye contact with people is to select a few people that you have a good rapport with and keep making eye contact with them throughout your presentation. That way you will build enough positive energy and confidence to make eye contact with others as well. This way you can connect with almost everyone in the room. Just remember not to fixate your eye contact with these few people only, because then others will catch on and feel left out.
3- Not using facial muscles
The movements of your facials muscles such as your eyes and mouth can help you build rapport with your audience by conveying your feelings to your audience. You can warm your facial muscles by doing simple facial exercises before your presentation. That way your words will come out more clearly and in tune with the emotions behind them. We have more than 43 muscles in our face yet we don’t use that many of them when presenting. Practice to become more animated and making facial expressions aligned with your presentation (e.g., funny words with funny faces and sad words with a sad face). Imagine how powerful your presentation will be then!