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imagined the members of his audiences sitting in their under-
wear! Or imagine that they all owe you money. . . a lot of money!

Gestures

Learn to speak with your hands. Use them to point at imaginary
objects and draw lines in the air in front of you (in general,
pointing at others is not a polite gesture). Never aim at specific
members in the audience with your index finger. If you must
point your finger, direct it away from the group toward an
imaginary enemy or competitor. Unlocked hands help convey
openness and honesty. Size or quantity are shown by expanding
or contracting the hands.
     When delineating the main ideas of your presentation,
count them out on your fingers as you go. For example, "point
number three (hold out three fingers) involves the relations
between the company and its employees...". Anytime you refer
to figures of less than ten, you can gracefully show your
audience the appropriate number of fingers. Hold your hands
at a 45 degree angle from your head and gesture high enough
so that everyone can see them.
     To emphasize physical size such as length or width, hold
your hands out in front of you widely apart and move them up
and down. To stress the narrowness of something, position
your hands or thumb and index finger vertically about two
inches apart in front of you.
     Make sure your gestures are smooth and natural. Do not
use too many or deliver them too mechanically. Study the TV
evangelists and note the ones who over-gesture. Work on
appearing sincere and comfortable with yourself.



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