how to stand when presenting

Is there a stance I should not do as a presenter?

People often ask me, “is it OK to stand with my legs crossed?”


In one word…. No! The main reason is that it draws people’s gaze to your nether region! It also makes you look unstable. Women stand like this a lot. It can make you look flirtatious, which is probably not the best thing when presenting in business. The fig leaf position is never a good choice. You want to look as strong and confident as possible.


This is a stance you should never do. It makes everyone look at the one part of your body you’d probably rather they didn’t! I’ll say no more!


What should you do instead?

Instead go for feet hip-width apart. This is a more stable stance. You’ll feel stronger and more confident and it looks good too. Be sure to place your hands by your side in the natural stance or move them with a purpose to reinforce your various points.


Happy Presenting!


© Michelle Bowden 2020.  Michelle Bowden is an authority on presentation & persuasion in business. Michelle is a CSP (the highest designation for speakers in the world), co-creator of the PRSI (a world-first psychometric indicator that tests your persuasiveness at work), best-selling internationally published author (Wiley), and a regular commentator in print, radio and online media.

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