Question: What in the world can I do with my hands on stage?? I taped my last event a few weeks ago (BTW, do you ever see a video of yourself that you like?! I can’t stand to watch myself on video!) and my hands were all over the place. I realized I always have a hand held microphone, but this time I had a wireless one. It was my first time to use one. I felt like my hands were such a distraction to the message. I cringed as I watched the video. I am an animated person in general, but this was way too much. I am glad I taped it!
Answer: I’ve been dealing with the exact same thing recently. Not only did I notice the problem in a video, when pressured to tell me something to work on after hearing me speak, my sweet husband told me that I looked like I was about to take flight!
Our team was coached on presentation skills a couple of years ago. Our instructor told us that our arms should hang comfortably by our sidewith occasional gestures. I don’t know about you but “comfortably at your side” is an oxymoron. I’m having to practice in the mirror as I also work to internalize my message. I also really concentrated on being aware of my hands as I spoke last week. It’s going to take some doing to unlearn my habits of either clasping or waving my hands. I think practice and focus will be the only answers.
Have any of you had this problem? Any tips for us?