Your hands will best serve you during a speech or presentation if they're available for your use at a moment's notice--and that means you should hold them at rest with your elbows bent, and fingers touching, but not gripping, those of the opposite hand. You can rest one hand on the other lightly, but don't grip.
This option helps you in three ways:
- Your hands and arms are now free to gesture up or down without having to travel a long way (distracting to you and your audience). If you're not immobilizing them, they're ready to move.
- On camera or when speaking behind a lectern, you'll need to be gesturing near your face if your hands are to be seen. Holding them at your waist keeps them closer to the place they need to be.
- You'll speak more fluently. If you grip your hands or otherwise hold them still, you're more likely to make a verbal error.
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