What Language Does Your Body Speak?

June 14, 2011

Did you know that your voice inflection, facial expressions and body language can make up over 90% of your message?

The ability to communicate well is vital to creating and growing personal and professional relationships.  Many people do not realize that we communicate with much more than words, rather with our nonverbal communication, or body language, which includes our facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, and even our voice inflection.

How a person’s voice sounds in terms of volume, pitch, range and pacing, has a huge impact on the audience and their willingness to follow the person’s message.  For example, if a presenter’s posture is slouched over; their voice soft and meek; and their rate of speech slow, the members of the audience will more than likely have a hard time staying focused and enthusiastic during the presentation.  Chances are that the presenter will not have made a good impression on the audience.

Strong presenters use showmanship in both verbal and physical communication.  Dale Carnegie once said, “The truth has to be made vivid, interesting, dramatic.  You have to use showmanship.  The movies do it.  The radio does it.  And you will have to do it if you want attention.”  If a person is not passionate about his/her topic, why should the audience be excited about it?

Instead of the meek, slowly-speaking person previously mentioned, consider a speaker who uses the rising and falling range of his/her voice and body gestures to project passion and enthusiasm.  This person walks proudly in front of the audience and even approaches members of the audience more closely when a question is posed.  Which speaker are you more likely to listen to attentively?  From whom would you probably learn more during the presentation?  Obviously, you would prefer the engaging, passionate speaker who uses both verbal and nonverbal communication to communication his/her message.

There are enough challenges to conducting business presentations, e.g. equipment breakdowns, audience attendance and attitudes, which are all outside of your control.  Fortunately, you do have control over the way you sound and how you conduct yourself during you presentations.  If you would like to take your presentation effectiveness to the next level, consider taking the High-Impact Presentations course from Dale Carnegie Training.  The next course will be held on Weds. and Thursday, July 27th and 28th from 9 am – 5 pm.

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