Business English Presentations- Voice & Body Language


Level: Intermediate
Grammar Topic: General
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Published: 17th Apr 2012

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Presentations- Voice and Body Roleplay Cards
Give a formal or informal presentation on the topic your teacher gives you while doing the 
thing that is written on the roleplay card they give you, e.g. “Speak very very loudly”. Your 
partner should try to guess what is written on your roleplay card, then discuss how good or 
bad that thing is. 

Avoid eye contact

Keep your arms crossed

Stare off into space

Stare at the person/ people listening

Try to sound bored and boring

Sit on your hands (to stop yourself using any gestures)

Move your body the whole time, e.g. making lots of gestures

Fidget (= repeat an unconscious gesture such as scratching your nose or 

tapping your foot)

Keep your eyes on your notes

Slouch (= sit in an extremely relaxed position)

Sit on the very front edge of your chair with your back straight and rigid

Smile as much as you can

Avoid smiling

Discuss how good or bad the things written on the other cards below are, then give each 
other advice about voice and body language/ gestures in presentations.

Written by Alex Case for © 2012

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