Why would you want to “gesture?”
Aren’t your words enough without getting into presentation gestures?
No, not nearly enough.
We gesture to add force to our points.
Presentation Gestures Add Power
To demonstrate honesty, decisiveness, humility, boldness . . . even fear. A motion toward the door, a shrug, a lifted eyebrow – what words can equal these gestures?
While its range is limited, presentation gesture can carry powerful meaning. It should carry powerful meaning. Speaking Master James Winans noted in 1915 that this form of nonverbal language predates spoken language.
Gesture, within its limitations, is an unmistakable language, and is understood by men of all races and tongues. Gesture is our most instinctive language; at least it goes back to the beginning of all communication when the race, still lacking articulate speech, could express only through the tones of inarticulate sounds and through movements.
Gesture is part of our repertoire of non-verbal communication. You have many arrows in the quiver of gesture from which to choose, and they can pack your presentation with power. And on rare occasion, can imbue your business presentation with majesty of epic proportions.
Yes, I said “majesty of epic proportions.”
Your careful, thoughtful presentation gestures increase your talk’s persuasiveness and lend gravitas to your words. In fact, gesture is essential to take your presentation to an especially powerful level, a level far above the mundane. You limit yourself if you do not gesture effectively as you present.
Presentation gesture offers a powerful means to enhance your presentation’s depth and meaning, communicating with far more power than words alone.
Let’s look at some examples . . .
So we can see that presentation gestures can increased the impact of your business presentation. For more on presentation gesture, consult The Complete Guide to Business School Presenting.