Public speaking and presenting is nerve-wracking, even for the most experienced and professional speakers. But is there a secret to conveying confidence? We asked a body language expert to analyse ten of the top TED speakers to see what they could teach us about strengthening our communication and improving confidence. From Bill Gates to Angela Duckworth and Tony Robbins here’s how being aware and adjusting your body language could help you in your next interview, presentation, or public speaking slot.
You can explore the body language within the top 10 Ted Talks here, with explanations on the top five gestures. Here’s just some of what you will learn:
- Clasping hands together is a powerful gesture that signals confidence and delivers comfort to the speaker, often seen in Angela Duckworth’s talks.
- Raising your eyebrows at key points in your presentation or talk invites the audience to listen, Tech Founder Jeff Bezos is seen doing this.
- An audience is more likely to take on information from someone they view as balanced and symmetrical. Naomi Klein stays symmetrical is her popular Ted Talk ‘How shocking events can spark positive change’.
- Touching your heart implores the audience to believe and engage more with the story or point being made.
- Leaning in towards your audience indicates you are comfortable speaking to them, with key points being emphasised by raising your head or shoulders.