Stand Up For Yourself

WRITTEN January 25, 2017 Author: Jen Glantz

When you are giving a speech or addressing a group and are nervous, it is written all over your body. Your arms and limbs may shake, your shoulders may slouch, or your hands may be tucked away in your pockets. When you are a presenter, an audience will form their first impression of you starting with how comfortable you appear in front of them.

It is hard to perfect every aspect of body language when preparing to speak, but there is one thing you can do easily, and it will make a big difference.

Stand up straight.

Standing in front of an audience, with your shoulders back, comes with far more benefits than you realize. Here are three of those benefits.

  1. Vocal Projection

Your voice will reach the back of the room when you stand up straight. Allowing your diaphragm to contract, puts more power behind your words. When you slouch, it’s easier to mumble, seem monotone, or just project downward instead of up to your audience.

  1. Confidence

When you “walk the walk, you talk the talk.” Remember to stand up straight. That will let you be in front of the room with a new-found dose of confidence, even if you feel nervous inside.

  1. Credibility

When you stand up straight, you project body language that shows your audience that you are confident. You will then come across as being credible. This makes a great first impression and also creates immediate engagement.

Everyone gets nervous, but that doesn’t need to be obvious in your body language when you are presenting in front of a room. Doing something as simple as standing up straight, with your shoulders strong, yet relaxed, can really help you present in a confident and credible manner your audience.

This information is from our Public Speaking curriculum. If you’re looking for ways to improve your communication skills, register for one of our public classes.
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Other references on posture and body language when speaking:

Public Speaking Tips: Body Language, Posture  by Charmaine Burke, Art of Communicating

Public Speaking Tips: Posture (Video) by Dan Howden, Public Speaking Skills

4 essential body language tips from a world champion public speaker (Video) by Toastmasters International world champion of public speaking Dananjaya Hettiarachchi 

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