There is a problem with presenting from a seated position–we can lose much of our speaking power. People can’t see our hands, our internal organs are “squished”, and we’re inhibited by lack of movement. So–if you are able–stand to present.
However, if you must sit, these guidelines will ensure that you present with confidence:
- Scoot your hips toward the edge of the chair (about halfway up). Remove your back from any support.
- Roll your shoulders down your back, opening your chest.
- Feel your sitz bones, (the bones at the very bottom ends of each side of your pelvis) sitting squarely on the chair. These form your anchor.
- Ensure that your feet lie parallel to each other, flat on the floor, facing forward. Your knees should be bent at 90 degrees.
- Make sure that your hands remain shoulder-distance apart. Gesture with them just like you would when standing up. Do not close them in front of your body. Let them help animate you!
There-you’ve got it. You now “own the online real estate”, and appear strong, approachable, and confident. You’re presenting from the seat of your pants!