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Part of our fear is about what we're going to say, but the other part is about how we're going to say it, according to communications expert David JP Phillips (TEDxZagreb Talk: The 110 techniques of communication and public speaking ). Phillips has spent years analyzing 5,000 public speakers to identify what moves work - and which ones don't - when talking to an audience.
One of Phillips' favorite mottos when it comes to body language is: "It's a skill, not a talent." He believes that anyone can become a great public speaker, even the most awkward and nervous of us. He says that a good first step is to simply become more tuned in to your everyday body language. Learn what gestures you tend to use to get your point across. Once you've gotten familiar with your existing body language vocabulary, you can start changing it and expanding it. "My most practical tip is to pick one to three skills and practice them every day until they become part of your natural way of communicating."
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