This article is a tribute to the presentation style of world leaders who are an inspiration for all of us. Today we are going to break down their body language to see effective strategies they use to connect with their audiences.
STYLE ONE: EYEBROW RAISE
Here we have the CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings Warren East. Warren creates emphasis through his body language. He uses an Eyebrow raise for highlighting crucial points. We have seen many leaders use eyebrow raise. Below is an example of Sergei Brin co-founder of Google. He also raises his eyebrows for emphasis. Nonverbally this creates an effective impact on the audience.
Tip- Practice eyebrow raise for highlighting important points.
STYLE TWO: EYE CONTACT
Most of us know Barack Obama is a great presenter. The former US president knows how to aptly use body language to mesmerizing his audience. Regardless of the size of his audience, Obama makes it a point to maintain eye contact with them, tweaking the finer details of the eye contact as per the type of setting and style of the audience. Eye contact helps to establish connections with your audience quickly.
STYLE THREE: HAND GESTURES
Obama also uses highly effective hand gestures. Speaking of hand gestures we have the CEO of Accenture Pierre Nanterme who loves to use his hands while presenting. What’s most noteworthy is while using hand gestures, his thumbs are up. When thumbs are visible nonverbally, it’s a sign of high confidence. Using hand gestures helps to explain your points more precisely.
STYLE FOUR: EFFECTIVE PAUSES
Any discussion of inspiring individuals is incomplete without her. Oprah Winfrey’s followers’ list is endless. Her style of presentation is highlighted by how seamlessly she modulates her voice. She also uses pauses very effectively. As a presenter, pausing helps you to engage your audience by highlighting points that are important for you as a speaker, and for them to notice. Siddharth Bindra MD of Biba uses pauses not only to create an impact but also to engage his audience.
Tip- Try to take a pause while presenting at the right time
These are few crucial points that one needs to adhere to while presenting. But there are many more. Also, the kind of body language required for a particular situation or audience would be different for some other situation. If you like to follow great presenters, here is the most important tip of all – try and look up their presentation style in different setups. See how these keep varying and that would tell you that the true inspirers have a guiding tool of body language which keeps shifting as per the occasion.