Using Hand Gestures to Convey Meaning in Presentations

Using Hand Gestures to Convey Meaning in Presentations

Public speaking skills form a big part of the Infinite Promotional Solutions training program. We coach our team members to become master presenters because the ability to share ideas in a compelling way with the public is one of the most effective methods of establishing ourselves as authorities on any given topic.

Contrary to what some people may believe, speaking in public is not all about what we say. Nonverbal cues play a huge role in getting our message across. These are some of the points we emphasize with hand gestures to make more impactful Infinite Promotional Solutions presentations:

  • Numbers: When our talk involves any number between one and five, we hold up that many fingers. 
  • Size: If we’re trying to say that something is a small issue or a big opportunity, we hold our hands close together or far apart. We could do this by holding one hand closer or further away from the floor as well. 
  • Emotion: Many gestures are associated with emotional response. For example, holding a hand over our heart conveys sincerity, while whipping a hand across our foreheads shows relief. 
  • Connection: When we want to bring two points together (or separate two ideas from each other), we use our hands to represent each idea, then either move them closer to each other or further away. 

Communications experts agree that body language carries at least as much meaning as words. To learn more about using this to your advantage when speaking in public, follow Infinite Promotional Solutions on Twitter.