Gestures are a great way of adding extra emphasis to a point in a speech. When you’re passionate about a subject, gestures can non-verbally convey the purpose and intent behind your words. Many speakers seem to think using gestures is a matter of waving your hands in front of an audience. Some speakers have incredibly bad habits such as fidgeting nervously without realizing that they are doing it. If you have a habit of doing either of these, try practicing your presentation and attempt to iron out these bad habits.
If you find gestures difficult, try these tips:
Practice your gestures in front of a mirror. Try simple ones first, such as counting points on your fingers or even painting shapes.
Make sure that your gestures come across as natural. There is nothing as irritating as overdramatic gestures which will eventually take away the impact of the spoken word.
Never put both hands in your pockets during any speech. Keep at least one hand free at all times, it will give you an incredible amount of freedom.
Find gestures that are appropriate to you. Gestures should be flowing and clearly visible
Vary your gestures. Avoid repetitive movements, this can be quite annoying
Only use gestures if they are going to enhance your speech. Don’t ever try to force them into your presentation.
And practice, practice, it will be worth it