How to use confident body language
When delivering training or presenting to a group, it's important to be aware of the message your body language is sending. Are you conveying confidence, or are you giving off signs that make you look nervous or unsure of yourself?
If you want to come across as a confident, competent trainer or presenter, it's vital to use confident body language. Here are some tips for how to do just that.
Stand Up Straight - When you stand up straight, it sends a message that you're confident and in control. Slouching or hunching over conveys nervousness and a lack of confidence. Not only that, but standing up straight also makes it easier to breathe properly and project your voice—both of which are important when delivering training or a presentation. So before you start speaking, take a deep breath and stand up tall.
Make Eye Contact - Making eye contact with your audience is vital for several reasons. First, it helps establish a connection with them. It also shows that you're confident and not afraid to look people in the eye. And finally, making eye contact helps ensure that people are actually paying attention to what you're saying. So as you're speaking, scan the room and make sure to lock eyes with different individuals throughout your presentation.
Use Gestures - Gestures can be a great way to add emphasis to your words and help keep your audience engaged. But using them sparingly is essential—too many gestures can be distracting and make you look fidgety or nervous. Try to keep gestures open (avoid crossing your arms or clenching your fists) and natural (don't force them). A few well-placed gestures here and there can go a long way toward helping you convey confidence while delivering training or presenting.
If you want to come across as a confident trainer or presenter, it's important to be aware of the message your body language is sending. By standing up straight, making eye contact, and using gestures sparingly, you can project confidence and competence—and give your audience the best possible experience.