While gesturing, be especially aware of how you use your palms. In his TEDx talk, Body Language, the power is in the palm of your hands , Allan Pease uses humor, stories, case studies, and audience interaction to deliver a compelling case for the importance of using your palms wisely when speaking. There are more connections between your brain and the palm of your hands than any other body part , according to Pease. So clearly, the palms have evolved as an important part of human brains, Pease concludes. In one of the case studies mentioned by Pease, palm orientation was tested; the study concluded the palm up speaker had up to 40% more retention of the deal than the palm down speaker . Speaking with your palms up will make you more likable and persuasive. If you speak with your palms down, you will be perceived as threatening and controlling.
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It can also be seen as a valuable skill towards growing yourself as an independent person, even if you work for another company. When we take a look at some of the more populars events and conferences from Google, Apple, or Microsoft — it’s usually developers themselves who are giving presentations about their team efforts to better the company. If your company can trust you with sharing that level of information with masses of audience, you can rest assured that others will look up to you and your efforts will not go unnoticed.