Remember: When we are delivering any message, only 7% of that message is our words. The rest is our tone of voice and our non-verbal body language. Your body speaks volumes. You are always sending signals to others, whether you like it or not. Body language combined with vocal tone can override or even cancel the meaning of the words you say. Make sure your mouth and your body are sending the same signal.
Here are some things to keep in mind about body language:
- Your eyes, eyebrows, and mouth send out the signals that can make a world of difference.
- Smiling releases a chemical in your brain that makes you feel good. It’s a great way to establish a rapport with listeners.
- Eye contact helps you carry your message to each person in the audience. It builds trust.
- Learn to speak with your hands. Draw lines in the air, make a point, count on your fingers, and emphasize length and width. Using it makes you seem animated, thus natural when you talk
- Work on appearing sincere and comfortable.
- Let your hands do what they want to do, as long as they don’t get in your pockets, fiddle with an object, or make obscene gestures to your audience.
Your body posture affects your emotions and how you feel determines your posture. If you are confident, happy and ready, your body will show it. Basically, learn to watch for these, and then adjust your approach… … … Today!