Physical Aspect of Speech Delivery: Shoulder, Arms, Hands, Eyes
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Physical Aspect of Speech Delivery: Shoulder, Arms, Hands, Eyes

Avoid putting your hands in the pocket or placing them behind in a clasp, for this will surely lead to awkward and ugly gestures. As soon as you have completed a gesture, you must immediately return your hand to the sides of the body.
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The physical aspect of delivery consists of the following factors:

The Shoulders - are important to delivery because they connote a variety of attitudes of the speaker. By drawing your shoulders together, you express pain; by shrugging them you indicate incredulity, by rotating them, you indicate impatience, by moving them, you show eagerness, and, by nudging the object with them, you demonstrate familiarity with it.

Here are some pointers you must remember about the shoulders as physical aspect of delivery:

  • See to it that your shoulders are relaxed except when they are active in the expression of an idea. They should be neither stiff nor drooping.
  • Tension in the shoulders has a direct, harmful influence on the muscles of the neck and the larynx; hence, it will affect your manner of delivery and your attitude towards your audience.

Arms and Hands - are parts of the body you must consider when you deliver a speech. In your moment of speaking, you must see to it that your arms and hands rest at the sides. This is a neutral position from which your hands and arms may move later in gestures that are graceful and purposive. Avoid putting your hands in the pocket or placing them behind in a clasp, for this will surely lead to awkward and ugly gestures. As soon as you have completed a gesture, you must immediately return your hand to the sides of the body.

Eyes - during delivery, the speaker must look directly into the eyes of his audience in order to establish mental union with them. The eyes must be directed toward the audience for closer and effective thought communication. To maintain a continuous contact with your audience as you create ideas and understanding of them in your audience's mind, you must not allow your eyes to wander around as this action is indicative of fear and lack of confidence in your ability to communicate. Also, it may be interpreted as lack of regard for your audience.

Sitting on the platform - If we have given some consideration to walking, let us also pay attention to your manner sitting on a platform.

How will you sit down in your chair while you are on stage? Remember that the members of the audience will watch how you sit. For this reason, bear in mind these pointers:

  • Sit with your back resting against the back of the chair, your arms resting on its arms and your legs uncrossed in order to look comfortable.
  • Do not sit too stiffly in the chair nor slide down too lazily into it. Sitting stiffly will give your audience the impression that you are a novice in the art of effective public speaking while sliding down lazily into your chair will indicate your taking the situation too casually; for this reason, your audiences will develop unfavorable attitudes toward you as they may take it that you have no regard nor respect for their dignity as a listening group.

     

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Comments (2)

Great article and nicely presented too. Voted up.

Wow! very detailed physical movements.

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