What to do with Your Hands

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “what should I do with my hands on camera?”

Being on camera can make you feel awkward and cause you to give off the wrong impression with your body language. Proper posturing and hand placement contributes as much to your message as what it is you’re saying.

Today, we’re going to explore some ways to avoid bad non-verbal habits, and discuss the dos and don’ts of hand placement.

Two common mistakes many speakers make are to either clasp your hands together, or place your palms one over the other.

Clasping your hands is a sign that you are closed off. Holding your palms together with one thumb over the other says that you may need reassurance.

Crossing your arms may give the impression that you’re not in agreement, closed off, defensive or insecure.

Open hands and showing palms indicates that you’re not concealing anything

To come across as confident, have your hands open and relaxed, resting on an object in front of you, like a table, or at your side. When your body is open, you project trustworthiness and may actually feel more confident.

If you usually move your hands when you talk, then It is okay to do the same when on camera. In fact, it can make the video more interesting.

If you’re nervous and can’t get comfortable in front of the camera, stand behind a chair, rest your hands lightly on the back of the chair, and only show yourself on video from the waist up.

We hope this was helpful, feel free to check out some of our other videos on body language and how to come across confident on camera. If you have more specific questions, give us a call, at 314-842-3663 that’s 314 Video Me.
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What To Do With Your Hands and Arms While Speaking On Video

Ever watch someone and just have a feeling about them, good or bad?   We all have.

85% of what you communicate is not with words.   It’s through the tone of your voice, the way you stand and a wealth of other messages that your body is unknowingly sending.

So What can you do with hands and arms when speaking on video?

Here are a few uesful body language tips that might help:

    • Clasping your hands is a sign that you are closed off.
    • Putting your palms together with one thumb over the other says that you may need some reassurance.
    • You should never cross your arms over your chest, since this gives the impression that you are not in agreement, closed off, defensive or insecure.

 

  • Open hands and showing palms indicate that nothing is being concealed.

To come across confident, have your hands open and relaxed on the table or at your side.   When your body is open, you project trustworthiness and will actually feel more confident.   It is ok to use some hand gestures, as long as they’re in sync with what you’re saying, and not too wild.

If you’re very nervous and just can’t get comfortable when in front of the camera, stand behind a chair, rest your hands lightly on the back of the chair, and only show yourself on video from the waist up.

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