Let Your Arms be Arms
There you are. A human being – perfectly comfortable in your skin. And then it happens: a common public speaking problem. You step up to give your talk. And suddenly you are aware that you have these awkward appendages dangling from your shoulders. AND THERE IS NO PODIUM. You can’t rest your arms on the podium. What do you do with them????
Shove your hands in your pockets?⇒
⇐Grasp them in front of you?
(NO! It looks like you’re afraid someone might body check you).
Clasp them behind you?
(NO! It looks like … well weird …. This isn’t at ease….)
Stressed out academic trying to get a job on the tenure track?
The solution is super-simple and super hard:
Let your arms be arms.
I know it feels like this:
But that isn’t how it looks from the outside.
From the outside you look like a confident scientist with nothing to hide.
This week’s experiment: start watching people. Notice what they do with their hands and arms and what they are communicating when they can’t let their arms be arms. Notice actors in TV and Movies. What do they do with their arms when they are “just talking?” Experiment with letting your arms just be arms and see what happens.
Report your conclusions in the comments below!
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