Gestures bring life to your presentation. It's natural to gesture to help emphasize or explain your thoughts.
Gestures are built-in visual aids. Think of how you can "show-and-tell" your ideas using your hands, and then drop them back to your sides when done.
Gestures at, or below the waist are wasted! Bring them up to shirt pocket height and then up above your shoulders and at times out to a full arms' length to make the appropriate point.
Clasping or praying
Arms crossed or behind back
Clenching fists, flicking fingers
Hands in pockets, jingling change
Holding pens, makers, pointers or remotes when not needed
Open, expanded gestures
Definitive and descriptive gestures
Allow your gestures to help you "show & tell" your ideas
Gesture from shoulders, not the elbows
Gestures at chest, height, and higher
Gestures that show time, place, comparison and scale
Always drop hands down to sides after gesturing
Helps to relax your upper body
Provides appropriate cues and adds meaning to your words
Adds energy, scale and clarity
Creates visual interest
Expanded gestures help slow down a fast speaker