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Nonverbal Communication To Enhance Your Presentations

April 2nd, 2013 by Kennedy

People, when listening to your words, actually interpret most of your message from your nonverbal signals. Nonverbal communication can convey authority and trustworthiness, reinforcing the substance of a meeting or presentation while also promoting positive group connection and interaction.

Managers, women and men in business can spend hours putting together all that is needed for their meetings and presentations; the speech, power points, props, hand outs, etc. but nonverbal communication skills are also very important. So taking some time to work on these skills is recommended during your meeting preparation time.

Nonverbal communication includes a variety of properties:

• How you look
• How you sound during business interaction (including your tone of voice)
• How you move and what gestures you make
• How you use your space

Audience Perception

Body language and facial expressions of the speaker account for over 50% of their communication, compared to only 7% of the communication coming from the actual message itself. Needless to say nonverbal communication plays a vital part in delivering value and guaranteeing that everyone in attendance comprehends and remembers the important points made during the meeting.


Nonverbal communication can also help by boosting your authority in the eyes of your audience when running a meeting or a presentation. The way you portray yourself, your use of body language and how you position yourself in relation to others can all convey authority and influence all in attendance.

When you show your entire body it commands authority, so it is suggested that instead of speaking from behind a lectern, stand where everyone can see all of you. Also keep in mind that you can weaken your authority showing any of the following types of nonverbal communication.

• Slouching
• Fidgeting around
• Acting nervous or unsure of yourself
• Sweating

Building Rapport

By using a friendly and upbeat conversational tone and standing and moving around with a posture making you appear comfortable and confident you are able to communicate to your audience that you are a trustworthy and accessible leader. Recommended nonverbal communication is using arm and hand gestures that show your palms and wrists during the meeting. This promotes trust much more than keeping your hands and arms by your sides.

Audience Involvement

Running a business meeting or presentation is not just about public speaking. When you are conducting a meeting, you also should create an environment that encourages participation from your audience. You can achieve this by glancing around the room, making eye contact with everyone while you are speaking. For example, if someone asks you a question and looks only at you while they are talking, look around the room at the other individuals while listening and then responding to him or her, which indicates that you are involving and including everyone into the discussion.

Amy Evans
Amy Evans
14:54 15 Mar 17
Kennedy was very professional, really entertaining and completely different to what we have booked in the past in terms of an after dinner speaker and entertainment. The performance amazed the whole audience and really lifted the spirits in the entire room in time for our formal proceedings.I would definitely recommend Kennedy to anyone looking for corporate entertainment.
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james Sheeran
08:35 16 Mar 17
What a fantastic night’s entertainment Mind of Kennedy provided. Some of the stuff he did is still being talked about at our company days after! Make sure you book him for your corporate event; you won’t be disappointed!
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Kerry Celeste
11:10 09 Feb 17
Absolutely spectacular show! Never seen anything like it. We were all mesmerised from beginning to end. I can highly recommend Kennedy’s show to anyone looking for entertainment for a party, wedding or corporate event. He really was outstanding and kept us all laughing & on the edge of our seats all night!
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Jane Bradshaw
12:44 10 Jul 17
(Feedback about our ruby wedding party last night) – Kennedy was absolutely fantastic. Not only did he work the room really well, and include people from different parts of the room, which is so important, but also he was an absolute delight to work with before, during and after the event... no trouble at all and completely accommodating. The act was tremendous and I love the idea that all our guests are sitting at home today over the Sunday papers, saying "how did he do that?!" I would have no hesitation in recommending Kennedy to anyone I know. Best wishes and thanks again to Kennedy for entertaining all our guests so well at our party. Jane & Pete Bradshaw
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