James’ boss told him that he seemed very bored and detached during his most recent presentations. He has another one coming up soon, and would like to improve how his audience perceives him. He’s decided to start by improving his hand gestures. Which of the following should he do with his hands when giving a presentation?

(A) Fold them in front of his body

(B) Put them behind his back

(C) Hold a pen to calm his nerves

(D) Use the palms of his hands to address the audience


James should use the palms of his hands to address the audience when he is giving a presentation because it shows that you are open to the audience and this will generate interest among the audience and also improve audience interaction. The palms of the hand should always be open while speaking in public.


This question is a part of the Check Your Knowledge section of the third lesson Master your body language from the Speaking in Public course. You can check out all the answers to this exam on our Speaking in Public Answers page.

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