A team of researchers from the Netherlands found that hand gestures, when used strategically, influence how certain words are heard.
Participants were 20% more likely to hear and interpret the words being spoken when accompanied by a matching hand gesture and 40% as likely to hear the wrong word when the gestures did not match.
Previous research has suggested that certain hand gestures can signal extraversion and dominance and that speaking with gestures, in general, tends to lead to being evaluated as warm, agreeable, and energetic.
– Molly Hanson
Expressing yourself with your voice, body, and hands can help you to get into the zone. Animating your communication helps you feel your message and transfer this same feeling to your audience.
Sadly, most people speak in a monotone and use little to no gestures. Boring!
Let’s get into the zone and express ourselves!