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Chapter 9. Improving Your Nonverbal Comm... > Tip 40 Practice Pantomime to Improve...

Tip 40 Practice Pantomime to Improve Your Gestures

Examine your nonverbal communication. Videotape yourself giving a talk and view the tape. If you find that your gestures are unconvincing, try this unusual but very effective technique: practice delivering parts of your speech in pantomime, as if you were playing charades. Then add the words, retaining the pantomime gestures you’ve practiced. The resulting increase in your presentation energy can be extraordinary.

Pantomime Opportunities

Let’s say you want to pantomime the sentence, “My department’s success rates have increased,” “My” can be gestured by touching both hands to your chest. “Success” could be a thumbs-up gesture, and “increase” could be two arms spreading out to the audience.


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