Monday, February 04, 2008
This option helps you in two ways: Your hand and arm are now free to gesture up or down without having to travel a long way (distracting to you and your audience), and you're not immobilizing them. On camera, you'll need to be gesturing near your face if your hands are to be seen. Holding them at your waist keeps them closer to the place they need to be. Most important of all: If you grip your hands or otherwise hold them still, you're more likely to make a verbal error.
Once you practice this, it will seem and look relaxed and natural, giving you the appearance of a calm, collected speaker. This technique also works for people with the opposite problem, those who gesture too much. Holding your hands at the ready can feel like a gesture and give your hands something to do other than flapping.