Body language and use of voice during the presentation
1. Business and communication skills
Central University Of Kashmir
Body language and use of voice during presentation
Presented by : PEERZADA SAMEEM MAKHDOOMI
Enrollment no. 2124CUKmr09
2. Body language during presentation
Body language can make all the difference between a dull, static
presentation and a dynamic, engaging one.
Of course, body language has many different elements, and so we’ve
broken it down into five categories:
1. Facial expressions
2. Eye contact
5. Position and movement
3. 1) Facial expressions
The first and most obvious thing to remember is to make sure that you
are using your face at all.
Giving a presentation with a blank face, without any particular facial
expression is like speaking in a monotone – no matter how great your
content is, your audience will not be engaged.
Even some simple steps from the outset, such as opening your eyes
wider, raising your eyebrows a little, and smiling.
If your facial expressions are in line with the tone of your words, then
the information you are presenting will come across more clearly, and
you will seem more sincere.
4. 2) Eye contact
Just as with facial expressions and the other parts of body language
we’ll be looking at below, the way in which you use eye contact and look
at your audience depends on the size of the room and the audience.
However, here are some general tips:
A. Make sure you look at everyone – Staring at the same spot
throughout a presentation is visually dull and un-engaging for your
audience. Make sure that by the end of your presentation you have
made eye contact with everyone at least once.
B. Don’t be afraid of eye contact – Prolonged eye contact can make
people nervous, but that’s because it’s so powerful.
C. Don’t stare – No one wants to feel uncomfortable or that they are
being put on the spot. Keep your gaze moving and engage as many
people as possible.
5. 3) Posture
Whether you’re sitting or standing, the way in which you
hold yourself is incredibly important and sets the tone for
the whole presentation before it’s even begun.
With this in mind, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts when
it comes to posture during a presentation:
1. DON’T slouch
2. DON’T be tense
3. DO think about your audience
4. DO be adaptable
6. 4) Gestures
The purpose of using gestures when giving a presentation is to make your
message clearer and more interesting.
You can use hand gestures to represent this.
Giving a numbered list, you can show the numbers with your hand so that
both people’s eyes and ears are engaged.
If you have a PowerPoint slideshow, use gestures to draw people’s
attention to them.
Whatever happens, gestures should look relaxed and natural. If you are
struggling with this, remember that practice makes perfect – film yourself
presenting or ask your friends to give you feedback.
7. 5) Position and movement
It will be clear straight away whether you have any flexibility
over where you position yourself or if movement around the
space is even possible, but it’s always worth considering.
if you are giving your presentation on a big stage, a bit of
movement around the space can help to create visual
interest and keep different parts of the audience engaged by
asking them a question.
The golden rule is that any movement should be clear and
8. 6.Your Voice During a Presentation
To communicate a message effectively, you need to use your voice properly. The way
you sound as you speak can bring your words to life — or sap them of their power.
WARMING UP YOUR VOICE
As with the rest of your body, your voice will function optimally when it has been
prepared for its task.
For example, humming scales and drinking some water before your talk can help you
sound your best.
PROJECTION AND ARTICULATION
To ensure that you get your points across, you must speak loudly and clearly enough
that your listeners hear and understand what you are saying.
When a reader wants to reread a sentence or paragraph, he or she can easily do that.
A listener has no such luxury, so the speaker bears responsibility for maintaining a
pace that allows listeners time to digest the content.
Such a pace also gives the speaker time to think about what he or she is saying and to
maintain a meaningful connection to the content.
Vocal variety is the spice of speech.
Variations in tone, pace, and volume occur naturally for a relaxed and engaged
Variety also simply makes the words more interesting to hear.
Inflections are typically different for questions than they are for statements.
Some speakers use inflections typically associated with questions when they are
actually trying to make statements.
Silence can be powerful.
Whether you use it to focus the audience before the first words of a
speech, or for emphasis after an important phrase, silence is often an
extremely effective tool.
Without breath, there is no voice. Timid breathing can support only timid
Deep, relaxed breathing provides a foundation for a strong, flexible
Don’t be shy about taking a full breath; everyone needs to breathe.