Wednesday 27 April 2022

It’s Not Just What You Say, But How You Say It

It is easy to get caught up in the words that you will say during a presentation. You spend hours writing out the sentences, practicing, and trying to make it perfect. While the words behind the message are important, there are a few other things to consider as well. Namely, you need to also pay attention to your body language and your appearance. 

The Importance of Your Appearance


The way that you look and present yourself will make a big difference as well. You need to make sure your outfit looks nice and matches the situation that you are in. Showing up in baggy clothes that do not match or looking like you just rolled out of bed will never be a good idea for giving a great speech. 


Dress nicely for the event. Consider what will look the best. Sometimes being really dressed up is necessary and other times business casual is a better option. Have your hair cut or kept back out of your face and jewelry can be worn, but make sure that it is simple and elegant without being distracting. 

Your Body Language


You also need to consider your body language. A few changes to the way that you hold your hands, how you stand, and even a smile can help get your message across better. If you spend time pacing, fidgeting, and slouching, no one is in the audience will take you seriously. 


There are different things that you can do with your body language to help make sure that you appear more confident. First, stand up straight and tall. This gives the appearance of confidence and may be enough to make you feel better. Maintain eye contact with the audience, rather than looking at the ground. And if you are going to use your hands, make sure that they are used in a way to promote your message, rather than a distraction. 


And finally, make sure that you smile. A smile can help you and your audience feel at ease, like you are forming a good connection together, and will make a big difference. You do not need to smile the whole time, but when you feel nervous about the situation, give a smile and see what a difference it can make. 


A few simple changes to your appearance and the body language that you show to others will make a world of difference in how well you can present yourself and how you get your message out to others. 


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