Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Art Of Public Speaking : Body Language

One of the most important element that should be taken into account during your presentation is the use of body language techniques. did you know that 55% to 65% of what you are trying to say is communicated by your body language-gestures, facial expressions,postures,movements,eye contact…etc-and almost 38% through your tone of voice; so if you make a simple calculation you will find that only 7% left for your words that you use. Additionally, the verbal part is addressed to convey only facts and statistics…etc,whereas, body language is used to communicate your audience’s feelings,so here we come to understand that learning what is body language really is, considered something that every public speaker should be aware of.apparently, if you master those techniques,be sure that you will create an enormous impact you have on your audience,so without farther ado,let’s get started.

1) Your clothes

the way you look and what you wear should be the first thing to consider before you stand up in front of your addressees.For instance, if you wear a suspicious clothes,people will make judgment about you even before you launch your talk,so its very important to decide which kind of clothes that suit the people whom you are talking to.

2) Be attentive to your facial expressions

Its well known that kind of expressions play a major role in influencing your audience’s emotions toward what you say,but you should be very careful when it comes to choosing the right facial expression in a given moment.Don’t use it unless you have the complete controle over your facial expressions.I highly recommend drawing a sweet smile on your face ,it would be a better choice ,in fact smiling will put you and your audience free from anxiety.

3) Eye contact

I’m not talking about that sort of eye contact that could melt icebergs and move mountains,rather when you are giving a presentation,keep eye contact with your people as normal as possible.because if you look afraid of making eye contact with them, then that rapport between both of you will be vanished,simply, because they feel that you are not talking to them.well the tip here is:as you speak, focu exclusively on keeping eye contact with one participant at a time,fully complete one thought with that member,then move to the next one. By
doing so,you’ll find yourself confident enough to hold an eye contact with every member in the room.

So we come to the conclusion that body language is a part and parcel of non-verbal communication. it plays an important function in the way you are perceived by others, hence body language has a huge impact on making a good first impression and certainly, this can be accomplished with practice of non-verbal behaviors.

1 comment:

  1. Oh heck! Another mistake on the 7% stuff...

    What the original work suggests is that the percentages you cite are important when the meaning of the words is unclear. In other words, they're only true if you don't understand the words in the first place or if (as in the original research) the words are deliberately picked so as not to have any intrinsic value.

    It's something many, many people get wrong - I was lucky because I used to work at a University so I could very easily access the original research and read it for myself. Most people, unfortunately, don't have that luxiury and have to take it at face value when they're told it.

    Cheers.... Simon