What You Do…

Jim Dawson

“What you do speaks so loudly, I do not have to hear what you say” is a saying that has been passed down through the ages.  Many speakers forget that the majority of their message is in the body movement and facial expressions that give real meaning the words being said.

When a speaker’s gestures, from head to toe, are not in harmony with what they are saying, their message is being lost.  It takes a great deal of practice to get it all together.  Key points should have unique gestures to enhance the message being delivered.  If a speaker does not have their speaking points down cold, they will lose the body movement and facial expressions which add to the substance to their message.

The next time you are speaking and you have multiple points to convey, develop a unique gesture for each point.  This has a twofold purpose:

  1. Keep the audience more engaged
  2. Help you remember you speech quicker

Remember it is not what you say; it is how you display it.

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