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Chapter 30. Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: ... > Platform Movement - Pg. 252

Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Body Language Gesture Taking long steps to the podium Assuming an erect posture at the podium Standing while others sit Placing your hands on the podium Briefly lifting your eyebrows Nodding your head Placing your hand out, with palms up Placing your chin in your hand Impression conveyed Assured, forthright manner Self-assured, honest, successful Authoritative Receptive, open Interested, lively, alert Agreement, interest Receptive Thoughtfulness 252 And here are some examples of nonverbal communication that carry negative overtones: Gesture Clamping the back of the neck Fidgeting Tugging your collar Pulling your ear Rubbing your eye Drumming your fingers Scratching Lowering your eyes Folding your arms over your chest Staring for a prolonged time Impression conveyed Anger Nervousness Nervousness Concealment Concealment Urge to leave Lying Air of failure Resistance, fear Aggressive, threatening Platform Movement Platform movement refers to the way a speaker uses movements involving the entire body. Platform movement doesn't have to take place on a stage; this type of body language is also evident when a speaker is addressing a small group around a conference table or making a presentation for several colleagues, for example. Class Act When it comes to body language and public speaking, less is often more--the less attention you draw to your head, hands, and legs, the more powerful and intelligent you appear. Mother was right: Don't fidget! As with gestures, platform movement should look and feel natural because it reinforces your mes- sage. Here are the two basic rules of platform movement: · Move when there's a reason to move. · Stand still when there's not a reason to move. For instance, you'll want to move closer to the audience to show greater confidence or intimacy, to draw their attention to your words, or to signal a change in the topic.