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Episode 528th October 2022 • Presentation (Skills) Q&A • Carina Ridenius och Martin Lindeskog
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What do you do with your hands and arms when you are standing in front of your audience?

Have you penguin and T-rex arms? Sometimes it's difficult to know what to do. 

Carina and Martin discuss and give tips and pieces of advice.

Send us questions to: info AT pik DOT nu, or contact us via Carina's site or Martin's Bio.Link page. You could also contact us on LinkedIn (Carina Ridenius and Martin Lindeskog).

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The episode (6 minutes) was recorded at 1330 Central European Time, on October 21, 2022, with Ringr app.. Martin did the editing and post-production with the podcast maker, Alitu. The transcript is generated by Alitu.

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Speaker A:

Welcome to Presentation Skills Q and A. I am Martin Lindoscope.

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Hi, Karina.

Speaker B:

Hi Martin.

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How are you today?

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I'm doing fine.

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Yourself?

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Yes, I'm fine.

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It's a lovely autumn.

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Lovely colors.

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Yellow and orange and Indian summer, as.

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You say in American English.

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Yes, Indian summer.

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Absolutely.

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Last week or last episode, should I say, we were talking about communication handshake and

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we have talked about the eye contact and how much it really means when you meet someone.

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What do you think about that? How do you use your arms and hands when you

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are talking or describing something? Or something?

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That's the challenge.

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Also, what it signals out is nonverbal

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communication.

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We have always if somebody is having their

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arms in the cross, so to speak, or over your chest, or if you have your hands in your

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pockets, or what do you do with your hands because you are thinking what you are saying.

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But the whole body should be relaxed and into this task that you are doing.

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That's something that I've thought about.

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And the challenge.

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Where do you put your hands so it will look natural but also not getting strained or

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stressed or not comfortable?

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Yeah, that could be difficult because when you're nervous as well, maybe

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your hands get sweaty and if you put them on the surface, it gets wet.

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And that is so embarrassing.

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That's why I think sometimes people take their

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hands and hold them tight to their body.

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What I think when I have presentation and if you have that possibility,

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is to use some kind of props.

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So I could have you I'm talking about new

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media, social media, smartphones, and then I could hold up an iPhone, for example, or an

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iPad, or as I have a podcast together with two others called you One and U one Pen meets

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Paper.

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Have a pen in your head or writing on a board

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or something like that.

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So hold something.

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Yes. And when you're talking about length, amount, wideness and so on, you can

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show that with your hands, so that your body and the topic that you are talking about is

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going together.

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And that also is very important that when you

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move your body, you don't do it.

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You just stand not on the right foot, left

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foot and side to side you use your arms and hence so they are not stiff.

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For example, trex arms.

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Yeah, that sounds old school.

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Trex, like the dinner's house.

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But I could see it in front of me.

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I don't see each other as you know.

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No, but I have an image now.

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Yeah.

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There was another name in Van Mal kingdom, penguin arms.

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Yeah, I used to call it the Penguin syndrome.

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Yeah, penguin syndrome.

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And that can happen to you when you are nervous.

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For example, then you can get these penguin arms or T rex arms that you don't use them at

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all.

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Okay, so that's a sharemanship.

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And maybe that could be included in the show

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notes, examples of it or what to think about and also to reflect about that, because I

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think it could be an issue for many people.

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What should I do with their hands?

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It's like this serious soap, like when Bert was doing with his fingers snapping and say,

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I'm gone.

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And you could say, like, look here and then

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look away.

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No hands or gone.

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Or like a magic trick or something like that.

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But you want to get away with the thing, but

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you have because it's a whole body.

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So you have to work in it in a good way.

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And remember, when you use your hands and arms, it helps you it helps you on

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the way what you are saying.

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And it helps you you get more vivid when you

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use your hands and arms and more relaxed in the situation.

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So to joke, maybe we should be more Italian then use for arms.

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More Italian?

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Yeah. More Italian.

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Well, Martin? Five minutes.

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It goes so fast, very fast.

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And we know, you and I, that many people are talking about communication and we

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want questions.

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Is it so?

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Yes, that's true.

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Yeah. And we want the questions sent to us to the email info at pik new info

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at pip.

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New.

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And you could also reach out with your arm and then click on your phone, your

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smartphone, and download a new podcast app, for example, Fountain, where you could give us

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a positive feedback loop writing with your fingers and digital telegram called Boosted

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Gram and send you a token of appreciation.

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So that's a call to action event.

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Exactly. Well, Martin, thank you for today.

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Thank you very much.

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Dorina.

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Yeah. And we will see each other and hear from each other.

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Yes, we will.

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Cheerio.

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I'm waiting.

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