Essential Public Speaking Skills – Body Language

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dv1221026Whether you’re giving a presentation, collaborating in a business meeting, or talking with a potential customer, you choose your words carefully. You want to make sure your message is conveyed clearly and accurately. But you may be disregarding one aspect of communication that is just as important as your words — your body language.

Even though you’re saying one thing, your body language could be communicating something completely different. When giving a presentation, you not only want to sound confident, you want your body to show it as well. When meeting with a potential client, the last thing you want to tell the person through body language is that you’re bored or uninterested.

Your body language can help you communicate your message better, or it could send the wrong messages. So it’s important to know how to communicate through movement to get the best results from any interaction or communication.

How body language shows you are:


  • Upright posture with weight evenly balanced on each foot
  • A handshake that’s firm but not crushing
  • Make eye contact
  • Smile


  • Rubbing your eyes (women tend to rub their eyes and look up while men tend to rub their eyes and look down)
  • Touching or rubbing the nose
  • Scratching back of neck
  • Darting eyes
  • Looking right (looking left suggests truth)


  • Leaning forward
  • Open arms
  • Open hands
  • Open body position


  • Head tilt
  • Eye contact
  • Nodding


  • Slumped posture
  • Staring into space
  • Thumb twiddling


  • Finger pointing
  • Crushing handshake
  • Palms facing down


  • Hands on hips
  • Frowning

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