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How your body moves (or doesnít move) is extremely important
to communication. A speaker who stays in one place could
become boring. Lack of movement restrains your emotions.
Donít hesitate to vary your position; shifting toward and away
from your audience and from side to side can help emphasize
your points.
     Movement will keep listeners interested in what you are
saying - provided it doesnít distract them. Decide how much
variety is appropriate. Experiment. Walk so the audience will
be able to see your body better as well as hear you more clearly.
     If you are in a board room, walk around the table so that
everyone is able to see you. Regular, physical movement is good
for your breathing and circulation. It builds your energy level
and helps keep you relaxed and feeling more confident in front
of the group.

What If You Drop Something?

Should something fall to the floor during a presentation - such
as a pen or a piece of paper - watch your speed and posture as
you pick it up. Subconsciously, the audience will judge you by
how you move.
     If you stoop down very quickly to pick up the object, the
audience may think you are nervous. Instead, pick it up slowly
and gracefully. Older folks do it that way all the time!
     We often think that older people are more self-assured,
but age alone has nothing to do with having more confidence.
     When I gave regular university courses in public speak-
ing, I was amazed at the variety of students enrolled - lawyers,
police officers, doctors, accountants, nurses - old ones, young
ones. The more mature students were not always more self-
assured. When you are older you just look and act more

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