Recent Articles in Gestures & Body Language

December 21, 2023

Books for Speakers: A Dictionary of Gestures

Resources , Gestures & Body Language , Speaker's Bookshelf

Most presenters we know are keen to improve their gestures, body language, and other nonverbal communication. Here's a book that can open your mind to the possibilities!

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September 26, 2023

Want to Adopt a New Technique? Exaggerate it!

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Gestures & Body Language , Vocal Delivery

Stretching your presentation skills? Try some of our wild-and-crazy ways to appear more naturally in command and at ease.

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April 26, 2023

Uncross your Feet and Other Quick Tips for Taking a Stand

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Gestures & Body Language

Would Venus Williams stand with feet crossed to receive a serve on the tennis court? Our simple tips can help you find your best ready stance when you speak, so you're set to deliver at your best.

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January 16, 2023

Quotes: How to Mark them in a Presentation

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , PowerPoint , Gestures & Body Language

Want to quote your favorite genius in a speech? Need to emphasize a word on a PowerPoint slide? Be sure you know what message you're sending with those quotation marks.

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November 2, 2022

Unfriendly Audiences & What Umpires Can Teach Us About Speaking To Them

Public Speaking , Gestures & Body Language , Presentation Tips , Just For Fun

The 2022 Major League Baseball season was the first to require umpires to display public speaking skills. What can we learn from how they tackled the assignment?

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October 17, 2022

Public Speaking Gestures: Find the right 'voice' for your hands

Gestures & Body Language , Public Speaking , Strictly Speaking , Presentation Tips

Worried about inappropriate gestures? (No, not THOSE gestures.) We're thinking about how to strike the right tone in presentations when you talk with your hands.

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September 19, 2022

Ups & Downs of Public Speaking: The case for varying delivery

Public Speaking , Vocal Delivery , Gestures & Body Language , Presentation Tips

Yes, your energy can engage an audience. But there can be too much of a good thing. See how varying your energy level can help you deliver a more compelling message.

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August 4, 2022

In-person presentations: Tips for getting back out there

Public Speaking , Presentation Tips , Gestures & Body Language

After months of online presenting, it can be hard to find your footing in front of live audiences. Here are some easy ways to get your public speaking skills back on track.

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October 25, 2021

Three gestures even reticent speakers can (learn to) love

Gestures & Body Language , Public Speaking , Public Speaking Fear , Presentation Tips , Three Things

Even when gestures can bring a lot to a talk, not every public speaker is comfortable using them. Here are three gestures even the most reluctant presenter can embrace.

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January 14, 2019

How to: Use Gestures in a Presentation

How To , Gestures & Body Language , Instruction , Presentation Tips , Public Speaking

Do you talk with your hands? Terrific! Now let's make sure those gestures are saying what you mean...

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March 20, 2018

On Gestures: Five Principles for Public Speaking

Gestures & Body Language , Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking Books , Speaking in Public

How best to use your hands when speaking? Our founder got his inspiration from a variety of sources. Those--plus his five tips for gestures, from his first book on public speaking...

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January 3, 2017

Descriptive Gestures and the Next U.S. President

Gestures & Body Language , Public Speaking , Just For Fun

How many descriptive gestures do you use in a speech? Bloomberg Politics tracked a speech by Donald Trump and documented more than 70 different gestures. Take a look at what they found.

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