05 Dec Storytelling helps you to be natural
Working as a newsanchor for television for 7 years and especially coaching young people to become a newsanchor learned me a lot about body language. The more I coached these people how to sit in front of the camera the less natural it looked. It was much more effective when I coached them to focus on the text, and to ‘feel’ the text. They had to feel what they said, not just read from an autocue. And the better they succeeded in doing that, the more natural they looked. I started experimenting with that for my training presentation skills as well. And I observed the same thing. The quicker the presenter got really into the story, talking with passion and enthusiasm, the more natural it looked. When you talk to a friend you meet in the street you don’t think ‘how do I have to stand here, what do I do with my arms…’, you just talk. But the weird thing is, when we get on that stage and face an audience, it is as if we forgot all about our natural body language. My advice to you is this, if it makes you feel more comfortable, take something in your hand but make sure it is something useful (as a remote controle) and start your presentation with a story. The idea is this, when you start with a story you attract the attention from the beginning and it enables you to be enthusiastic from the very first minute. And enthusiasm equals natural body language. Just practise in a mirror and you will see it works !