Your body language has already started pitching even before you open your mouth to talk.
Body language is leadership at first sight.
Your body language communicates whether your pitch is going to be excitingly short or boringly long.
Body language affects how others see us.
Key things to note when pitching:
- Don’t make yourself small;
- Don’t move too much on stage;
- Make eye contact;
- Practice your hand-uses. Don’t move your hands a lot. It is distractive;
- Don’t point with your fingers, this makes you look aggressive and unpleasant;
- Align your body language to your words. Show emotions;
- Don’t put your hands in your pockets, makes you look uninterested and arrogant;
- Don’t fold your arms, makes you look uninterested.
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy in her TED Talk argues that “power posing”: standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident, can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.
Basically what Amy is saying is that our moods affects our body language, in other words, when you are down, your body shows it.
But she also says when you are down, but you make postures and posings that makes you look confidence, your moods will follow your body language and in no time you will feel confidence.
Standing tall and looking confident will make you feel confident [maybe not tall :)]
Let your body say: “I’m present, I’m ready, and I’m going to give it my best shot.”