Body language is essential to get right whenever you’re presenting.
Even though we’re only seeing the top third of your body on Zoom (or Microsoft Teams or Google Meet), how you appear up there matters.
This is especially true when you need to be perceived as a leader.
This is not about lookin’ good.
It’s about gaining the trust of your audience.
Whether you’re giving a sales presentation, talking with a client, leading a meeting, or giving a media interview — here are three things I highly recommend you stop doing.
Touching your face
When we touch our face it tells the audience we’re nervous or uncomfortable.
We want to come across confident so our audience trusts us and the company we represent.
Touching your hair
When we fiddle with our hair or move it away from our face, it again makes our audience less confident in us.
Make sure your hair is always away from your face and it doesn’t move into your eyes so you don’t have a tendency to touch it.
Looking at other monitors
You wouldn’t stare out of the window or at your phone during an in-person meeting, would you?
This is why we shouldn’t look away from the person we’re meeting with and at another monitor.
You’ve seen it, you’ve felt it, you know how rude this is.
Making these small tweaks makes a huge impression on audiences.
Whether it’s an audience of one or many.
One specific VP told me recently his team is much more engaged now when he speaks.
And it happened right after he enacted the “stop touching your face” (for him, he touched his beard a lot) and “stop looking at other monitors” rules I created for him.
He says his team is more engaged.
That’s all it took.
Worth a try, right?
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