Sunday, January 4, 2009

Credibility

Tip to ooze (almost instant) credibility when you speak: Don't fidget.

Don't move your fingers. Stop that shaking foot. Keep your eyes stuck on your listener's. Quit the grinning-for-no-reason. If there's discomfort, hold it in. Especially during, but don't limit it to, your critical statements.

Be still. And know that stationary is salutary.

2 comments:

Derek L. said...

I wouldn't quite say "be still".

Use your body movements to emphasize what you are saying, and not just wave your hands around. Your body can distract the listener if you fidget, or it can be used to direct the listener's focus.

alwyn said...

Ah, can't agree more.