Sit or Stand in a Presentation?

In every workshop I’m asked whether it’s better to present sitting or standing.  There’s no question.

-When you STAND, you have command of the room.

-When you STAND you make better eye contact.

-When you STAND your body language says you are in control.

-When you STAND you can gesture more, be heard and seen easier and move closer to the audience, if you need to.

-If presenting slides or other graphics at an easel, stand.

The factors that would motivate me to sit are a few:

-If it is a more intimate setting, with just a few people, sitting is preferred,

-If you meet with these people regularly, sit, but save the standing to make a point in a major presentation.

 

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