What To Do BEFORE Speaking? Do This Body Language Gesture
1️⃣ When welcoming a group, the very first gesture you make is OPEN YOUR ARMS WIDE. Bend your elbows slightly, like you’re hugging a panda. 🐼
2️⃣ Stand tall, shoulders back, chest up like Superman or Wonder Woman.
3️⃣ Gesture first, THEN greet them with your words.
Why do THIS? On a subconscious level:
🎯 This arm gesture tells your audience (whomever they may be) that you’re open, friendly, and happy to be here!
🎯 In their mind, it’s also like you’re hugging them. Hugs feel good, right? Well their opinion of YOU is associated with that good feeling.
🎯 Also, by not hiding your body, you show you’re a confident person right away.
🎯 DEEPER PSYCHOLOGY: Some people fear opening their arms wide because, our primitive brain tells us doing so can make us vulnerable.
🎯 When YOU open arms wide, you’re showing no fear. You embrace all that comes your way.
Try this simple gesture the next time you’re in a group, giving a presentation, at team meetings, or on a stage!
So much value in one motion. This can be the difference of people liking and trusting you, or zoning out and walking away.
Now you know! 🌈
If you find this useful, come to my next Kelowna public speaking training. I’m teaching a sh!t ton of useful speaking tips you can actually use. LMK if you want info?
🎯 BONUS: This gesture works with one-on-one meetings also. Like when you’re excited to hug a friend you haven’t seen in ages! Just sayin’ 😉
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