Especially when I am excited about something, I tend to make pretty wild gestures with my hands. More than once I’ve noticed a person’s eyes follow the movement of my hands, as opposed to maintaining eye contact with me. It’s my signal to tone it down a notch, and it is something that I have to work at.
I love the following video from the public-speaking experts over at SpeakFirst. It tells you exactly what to do with your hands to appear confident and comfortable.
Are you a fan of the wild gesture? Or do you find it distracting?