Do you or do you not?

United States
May 23, 2007 2:47pm CST
After listening to a speech professor at our college, I have become cognizant of the fact that I use my hands a lot when I talk. I am trying very hard to stop this habit. What about you? Do you use your hands when you talk? How can I stop? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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8 responses
• Singapore
23 May 07
Oh my friend, what do you think you are doing? Don't!! This "habit" is a good one. Gestures are a bit part of good public speaking skills. If you gesticulate a lot, you are one notch above many already. Unless you over-gesticulate, that's would be a different matter. Then you would just need to cut down a bit. :P
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• United States
23 May 07
Oooh, I think I like your theory better than the theory of the professor to whom I have been listening! Perhaps I should just continue to gesture!
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• Singapore
24 May 07
Yea, trust me. I am quite a pro in public speaking lol. :P
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@lvap0628 (731)
• Philippines
24 May 07
A lot of people feel that they can express themselves better when they use their hands at the same time that they are talking. It would look awkward if you don't move your hands at all like a robot. Even limited gestures would look like you're holding something back. So what if you use your hands a lot! It's what you are and we like you just the same.
• United States
24 May 07
I talk with my hands so did my mother and grandmother. The French are famous for that, way back in our family we have a French ancestor. I had been told told that it is is very expressive and elegant.
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@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
23 May 07
Yeah, I think I do tend to talk with my hands quite a bit. I have noticed that I tend to do it when I'm trying to explain something to someone. I don't think it's a bad habit though. I think it's more interesting to watch someone speak when they use their hands rather than just sitting there.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
23 May 07
I think I do this sometimes. I thought it was mostly appropriate to express our meanings through using hand gestures. I always thought it was a method to increase explaining or supporting our views and thoughts. Have the "using hands while you speak police" suddenly ruled against this action? Is it suddenly politically incorrect?..lol. I don't know why you need to stop this practice.
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
29 May 07
I would use my hands alot to talk when I am angry or trying very hard to express how I feel. So, it isn't a habit that I use all the time.
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10 Jun 07
I can stop things. Although some habits aren't so easy to shake and I focus more on those. Over all I'm happy but I would say I do and I would also I don't, because it's a mix. Sometimes it's awhile before we can adjust to such changes. ~Joey Kudos!
@inked4life (4226)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I am very expressive with my hands when I talk and after it was brought to my attention I tried sitting on them whilst conversing but then I developed restless leg syndrome and they started flailing during conversation. I then tried sitting on my hands and jamming my feet under the table to prevent them from moving and ended up biting off half of my tongue...now I have to use my hands just to be able to communuicate at all.