Avoid distracting your audience with this ‘Calm the arm’ technique
Recently in a ‘Becoming a leader – Strategies for developing a leadership identity’ workshop, I was coaching a woman as she delivered a stand-up mini-presentation. My feedback to her was to ‘quiet’ one of her arms. In effect I suggested that she gesture with just one arm (either right or left) and keep the other arm still beside her torso. She had been gesturing with both arms in front of her body which distracted the audience from her spoken messages.
After reflecting on my feedback with her syndicate group colleagues, she came up with a mantra to remind her to still an arm. The mantra was: ‘Calm the arm’.
This mantra’s simple message and rhyme made it memorable to the participants throughout the workshop.
The ‘how to apply’ for this post: In the next seven days in safe, sales presentations, interactions and/or meetings intentionally daily practice this ‘Calm the arm’ technique and reflect on the impact of doing so.