One of the most common questions we hear when people go onto the stage is, “What do I do with my hands?” Believe it or not, that question is actually more common than “Where’s the nearest escape route?” 😉

Watch Franklin Templeton’s Eric Takaha’s hands in this video…

See how he tends to point his palms down when he’s talking about numbers, and palms up when he wants to seem open and friendly, or is using “grease words” to make a bad thing sound good? Palms down tends to signal control and competence. Palms up tends to signal openness and friendliness.

About Matt Krause

Matt began his professional life as an import buyer, and since 2006 has been teaching companies how to connect with their investors and clients better. His clients work for companies like Allianz, 3M, P&G, Citibank, and Reckitt Benckiser. He also walked across Turkey and wrote a book about it.