We’ve all had that feeling.
I don’t know what to do with my hands.
We use our hands naturally, effortlessly, day in and day out, but certain situations make us suddenly acutely aware of them. What are they doing out there, flopping around? What have I ever done with them in the past that seems comfortable?
DO: Find a resting spot for your hands that is about three inches away from your torso, roughly in front of your belt line. I like to loosely clasp my hands there, ready to gesture or use a clicker. If you’re seated, have your hands in front of you on the table, again available for your use.
DO: Use your hands to emphasize your points, if you typically gesture when you speak. It’s natural and will make you feel more relaxed and natural.
DO: Get some video of yourself presenting so you can see what you’re doing with your hands, and evaluate in a calm moment.
DON’T: Trap your hands, either behind your back or by your sides. It’s okay to let them off the leash!
DON’T: Overthink your hands—they’ll know what to do if you concentrate on connecting with your audience.
Good luck! And remember, we’ve all been there.