Removing obstacles between communicators sounds like easy good sense to most of us. Yet we often use various kinds of barriers to defend ourselves – against invasion of our space by stranger or too-fast intimacy with new acquaintances, or from simple exposure. Since external and internal barriers are ubiquitous, its easy to let them stand even when they don’t serve our purposes.
A few quick hacks for removing barriers:
- Drop the hands barrier.
The first thing that most speakers do is raise their two hands to the front of their stomach. Guess where the eyes of the audience go? Right where we’d rather they not. The linked hands form a barrier that divides your body in half and imposes a physical and psychological barrier to the audience.