9 Body Language and Posture Tips for Public Speakers

Have you ever wondered how your body should be during a speech? What posture should public speakers maintain? Should there be movements or should there be an absolute stand still? What body language should a public speaker portray?

If these are the questions that are bugging you then know that while giving speeches, the two most important things in the body is posture and body movement. This is how you stand, sit, and do all the movements with your hands and legs. It’s how you control your entire body while delivering your speech.

So, let’s dive into your posture and movement.

Posture

A good posture shows to the audience that you have a confident take on public speaking which you are in control of.

So, how do you get good posture?

Follow these tips.

  1. Stand Straight: Put your feet roughly at the same width as your shoulder.
  2. Spread Weight Evenly: Your weight should be spread evenly between both your feet. Any annoying shifting of weight should be avoided.
  3. Lean Forward Slightly: Lean forward a bit to show that you are interested in what you are saying.

If one foot is slightly ahead of the other foot, it just shows that you are more interested in what you are saying but leaning forward too much might be confrontational and this is something that you want to avoid.

  1. Position of Your Head: Your head must be straight. It mustn’t be rigid. You should be free to move it as you want to go with the message that you’re trying to give.
  2. Use Hands and Arms Effectively: Your hands and arms can be used to highlight your message. Do not put them in your pocket. Keep them at the back or you can have them on the side and even use them to highlight:
  • What you are trying to say
  • To emphasize a point
  • To show that something is important

Body Movement

Body movements basically means walking, pacing, throwing something and moving. They are absolutely important while you deliver a speech. Use your body language to your advantage to make you a more efficient speaker.

Here are the tips related to body movements.

  1. Purpose: All body movements should be done with purpose. They should only be done if they support a point or support what you are saying. It is because they manage to capture a lot of attention.
  2. Avoid Pacing: Some people have an annoying habit and they do this subconsciously—pacing. They walk up and down without any reason. It is distracting and takes away from the confident look that you have. Avoid it at all costs. If you walk on the stage for a reason, it is perfect as well. But don’t just pace because of habit or unconsciously.
  3. Practice Body Movement: When you write your script, highlight any opportunity that you may have to move your body. Practice accordingly and then, go do a great job on the stage.
  4. Lean Forward: When you are talking about something that is really, really important, move forward or lean forward as you say that. That makes the audience feel that it is genuinely important; they pay more attention to it.

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