Not many people can talk for the whole session without gestures but not looking awkward. Conan O'Brien is one.
When we speak, it is important to look like yourself. If you feel unnatural to talk with a lot of hand gestures, especially while you are standing behind a podium, you can put your hands just on the podium and speak. However, it is easy to become boring when you don't express with hands and are unable to walk around, so the way you speak becomes crucial to grab the audience's attention.
Here are what we can learn from him:
- Steady eye contact
- Different speaking paces depending on the speech context
- Dynamic pitch and intonations
- Appropriate use of pauses
- Offbeat humor
- Act the speech with your voice, but not read it
Watch how Conan O'Brien spoke with confidence and charisma: