Truncated gestures

These need to go on to the "gestures to ditch" list Truncated gestures are the sort you start but somehow forget to finish Ever watched someone talk who stops halfway into a gesture or mime? These are called truncated gestures The speaker may pull out a candy and only get halfway through unwrapping it because he warms to the theme while talking Or a speaker may start counting her fingers, intending to count four points off, but get lost after one or two, or she may raise a finger to make a point, and then park it because you go on talking These gestures interrupt the listener The eye tends to focus on chaos and if your gestures are chaotic in this way they will compete with your words and undoubtedly win

Truncated gestures are a distraction Always finish what you've started because your audience will tend to stay where you left them

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