Body Language Speaks


I don’t think we should get too hung up on how we look when we give a presentation so I urge you to read these body language interpretations to make yourself aware of them, but I wouldn’t read too much into them.  The most important thing is for you to be you, not someone else’s interpretation of what you should and shouldn’t look like.  And by the way, although most of these are widely accepted interpretations, I present them as my personal opinion.  If you have other interpretations, I’d love to hear them.


Arm Position 

Folded
Akimbo
Open

Statement 

Defensive
Defiant
Audience-Embracing

Hand Position 

Pointing
Fig Leaf
Behind the back
Clasped together
Draped at the sides
Palms up, fingers open

Statement 

Aggressive
Defensive
Distrustful
Vulnerable
Uninspired
Inspired
Shoulder Position

Shoulder Position 

Hunched
Straight & tall

Statement 

Fearful, vulnerable
Confident

Feet Position 

Together
Crossed
Spread (Knees bent)
One foot ahead of the other

Statement 

Self-conscious
Defensive
Defensive/Aggressive
Dynamic; Open

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