Do You Stand Like a T-Rex When You Speak?
When you speak to groups or engage in 1-1 conversations do you ever notice your arms?
Where are they and how are they helping you tell a story?
Last week I watched a video of one of my live presentations. I immediately noticed my arms. My elbows were tucked in to my sides, my hands dangling in front.
In his book, The Exceptional Presenter, author Timothy Koegel calls this the T-Rex posture.
Do you stand like a T-Rex when you speak?
Effective body language is key for confidence and for creating an audience connection. Here is what I noticed about my arm position:
First, it was distracting.
Second, it looked like I was protecting myself. I created distance from, not a connection with, the audience.
In this video I demonstrate the distraction.
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Your body speaks volumes
The next time you speak in public:
- Notice arm positioning. Where are they and what are they doing?
- Get curious. Are your arms helping to tell the story or are they a distraction to the audience?
- Explore options. How can your arms and body language be used more effectively?
With this new awareness I will pay attention to how I hold and use my arms. Instead of the T-Rex, I can use my body to tell a story, create a bigger presence and a stronger connection with my audience.
How do you hold your arms when you speak in public? Do you stand like a t-rex or do you have a more open posture? Have you ever noticed? Leave a comment and share your experience.