The Physical Aspect of Speech Delivery: Posture and Walking
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The Physical Aspect of Speech Delivery: Posture and Walking

Posture is essential to good and effective delivery of speech. It is through posture that a speaker may make forceful appeals to his audience and may elicit favorable responses from them. Your manner of walking is the first thing noticed by your audience.
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The physical aspect of delivery consists of the following factors:

Posture - It is stance or shape and bearing of the body caused by the relative positions of muscular tones in the chest, head, arms, hips, and other bodily agents. Posture is essential to good and effective delivery of speech. It is through posture that a speaker may make forceful appeals to his audience and may elicit favorable responses from them. For this reason, a speaker must practice good and proper posture necessary to effective speech delivery. For good posture expresses vitality, physical control, courage, and belief in a worthy purpose.

To achieve good posture, you must remember these pointers:

  • Slightly raise your chin, poise your chest and balance centrally the upper part of your body over the hips and the arches of the feet. In this way, you can maintain a stable stance that will permit you to slightly lean forward, or to step to one side and to return to the original position, thereby giving a good impression to your audience and force to your ideas.
  • Practice standing with the feet firmly planted on the ground in a V-formation so that you do not only distribute all the weight of your body equally but you also feel comfortable and secure even in movements of bodily movements.
  • Practice standing with the right foot forward or the left foot forward so as to give the effect of an arrested walk. In this stance, the weight of the body is placed on the forward foot as it is taken off the foot that is held back. In this posture, you develop ease and naturalness of gestures either with the right side or left side of your body, aside from the fact that you give the impression of stability and gracefulness of bodily movements.
  • Avoid slouching, i.e., putting the weight only on one leg or assuming an awkward body position, as this poor type of posture destroys the impression of confidence and vitality of speech delivery and leads to poor gestural patterns.

Walking - Your manner of walking is the first thing noticed by your audience. For this reason, practice walking gracefully without any of the awkwardness which frequently accompanies self-consciousness. Since your manner of walking indicates your attitude toward life and your fellow being and is expressive of your personality, you must bear in mind these pointers:

  • In stepping forward, raise the body weight slightly on the ball of one foot while the other leg swings forward. This use of the ball of the foot to raise the body and to propel it forward produces smooth walking without swaying or scraping foot noises.
  • Do not approach your audience on tip-toe as this manner of walking will surely put your audience on guard and will signal speaker's feeling of fear, tension, nervousness, insecurity, etc., thereby creating unfavorable reactions from the audience. Nor should you rush at an audience for such a mode of walking will suggest lack of poise and uncertainty on the part of the speaker who may suggest an attitude that he does not know exactly what to do with his audience.
  • Walk normally, in free easy but slower strides that will suggest composure, gracefulness of body, and deliberateness of purpose in the moment of exchange of ideas. In this way, you will not only elicit the admiration of your audience but you will also win their spontaneous response as they will have confidence in your ability to communicate effectively your ideas to them.

     

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Comments (2)

Excellent helpful and healthful info. Promote since I am out of votes.

Great tips on posture and walking during speech delivery. Voted!

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