Body language and hands

The body language It supports the verbal message that we are sending during a communication and reveals our feelings, emotions and perceptions to our interlocutor. Therefore, it is a form of non-verbal communication that encompasses gestures, postures, facial expressions, body movements (hands, legs, head) and voice. It is usually performed unconsciously, so it is generally a very clear indicator of people's emotional state.

In the oratoryBody language is as important, at least, as verbal language. To communicate successfully, it is not enough that the speaker speaks with impeccable rhetoric and a well-placed voice, the way he uses his body and gestures can help him accentuate, substitute or even contradict what he expresses with his words. An example of this is the hands, one of the most mobile parts of the body (in conjunction with the arms) that offer a huge range of possibilities for non-verbal communication.

The hands are a pair of elements that serve as a tool to support and give greater strength to verbal messages, as well as to contradict them. Because of this, during a presentation you should avoid putting your hands inside your pockets (or hiding them from the audience), crossing your arms forwards or backwards from your body, and putting your hands on your hips. Ideally, let your arms and hands accompany the message, without gesturing excessively, without forcing any movement. To do this, you must leave your arms loose and relaxed on both sides of the body and start talking. After a few seconds, they will naturally be acting as auxiliaries to the speech.


Palms together

This gesture evokes respect, tranquility and peace. It is generally used after making an important point in the presentation, for example, when the speaker pauses for the audience to reflect and consider the importance of an idea they have just shared.

Counting on fingers

This gesture is essential to summarize the key points of the presentation and in this way, people remember what was said in it. Ideally, count to 5 with your fingers during the presentation and at the end summarize the key points.

Body language - counting on fingers

Fingertips touching (or warped hands)

It occurs when the palms of the hands meet each other and only the tips of the fingers touch (the fingers resemble a bell tower). This gesture shows confidence and self-confidence. The upward gesture (steeple up) is generally used when the person is speaking. The belfry down is used more when listening. This gesture should not be used very often, as it can be mistaken for arrogance.

Body language - hands on nose

Open arms and palms up

Keeping your arms outstretched and palms up is perfect for making the audience feel like part of the presentation. It is widely used by politicians in their addresses.

Hands on heart

This gesture shows honesty, it is often used when exposing words that are genuine during a presentation. It is also widely used by politicians.