Let's just hope you're not going up to random audience members and slapping them silly.
You need role models.
3) Conscious competence. You're improving. Your hands look good, and they're well-behaved, but that requires your total concentration.
Everything else could go right out the window.
Your presentation might meander. It might be completely and utterly incoherent. But, hey, at least your hands look good.
You need practice.
4) Unconscious competence. You no longer have to worry about your hands or even think about them. Finally, you can put your attention elsewhere.
Tip: What are your learning goals? Set a few.
p.s. Re hands: avoid hands on hips, behind your back, or hiding in pockets. Instead, let them hang loosely by your sides, or hold them by your belly.
Gestures are also good. Twirling a baton can be intriguing, though distracting.
Consultant, author, speaker, and founder of express potential® (www.expresspotential.com), Paul Hellman has worked with CEOs, executives, and managers at leading companies for over 25 years to improve performance and productivity at work. His latest book is “Naked at Work: How to Stay Sane When Your Job Drives You Crazy,” and his columns have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and other leading papers.
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