Benefits of hand gestures

Hand motions often reveal information that is absent from our talk. It might signal that a point is more important, or that the speaker is still trying to understand an idea.

According to a study published, children that use hand gestures early in life is likely to develop a strong vocabulary and other skills related to sentence structure and better storytelling.

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Hand gestures are healthy and normal

Hand gestures while talking are a powerful aspect of communication.

A study analyzing TED Talks found viral speakers used nearly twice as many hand gestures as the least popular speakers. People who "talk" with their hands tend to be seen as warm, agreeable and energetic. The less animated are viewed as logical, cold and analytical.

A mismatch occurs when we signal something with our hands that is different from our words. It may be a sign that you're learning.

Adults are less likely to trust people who display a mismatch between speech and body language.

We collect information from others' body language. We naturally feel that passionate people will be more animated and look more enthusiastic. When their gestures are bigger, we process that they must be really passionate about their topic.

This is mostly because body language is vital in helping to communicate our emotions and motivations.

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Gestures and Speech
  • Gestures are closely linked to speech.
  • People seem to gesture naturally and even blind people who haven't seen anyone gesturing, are able to do so.
  • Our words and gestures closely align and give a glimpse of the inner workings of our mind.
Handshake origin

One of the earliest depictions in art of a handshake is from the 9th century B.C. Homer mentioned a handshake in The Odyssey a century or two later.

  • One theory about the origin of the handshake suggests that showing someone your empty, weapon-free palm portrays peaceful intentions. The shaking motion would dislodge any hidden weapons.
  • Another theory suggests the clasping motion symbolises good faith and a sacred bond.

Contrary to popular belief, body language in the context of public speaking is more than hand and arm gesture.

It means adjusting the way we stand, move and smile to capture and hold the attention of an audience.

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