Walking around

Moving around while talking

Some speakers pace back and forth while speaking to an audience, others freeze while speaking.  Both opposite actions are many times a result of being nervous.

I mentioned in the introduction, the 6 key body-language gestures that we REST when making a complete 3 stage Yogic inhale. When it comes to movement, the procedure is simple, we don’t inhale while we are moving. We can walk around from point A to point B and talk to people but when we inhale, we are static.

We can score good presence-points, if we demonstrate that not only can we talk, we can walk AND talk simultaneously. We command a larger space. It is not always technically possible to walk around, but when it is, we should take the opportunity and demonstrate our ability to synchronize movement to our speech.

Best is if moving around has a purpose. The best reason for moving around, is trying to get physically closer to the person we are talking to. If possible, stand in front of the person, torso in-front of torso, so that the person feels full focus.

Our motion may reduce or offset the effect of rigid body language that we may be dragging.
The audience become less rigid or static when we move around. They need to move their head or even body, in order to follow us, so they too become less static.

We should avoid a fixed rout or pattern when moving. A speaker that paces back and forth, like a lion in a cage, projects nervousness.

If we fail to synchronize our body-language and words with our movement, we may lose many presence-points.