The Oscar winning movie The
King's Speech gives
the spoken word center stage but effective communicators know that body language plays
a crucial supporting role.
Want to make a positive impression? Be sure your body
language conveys confidence and poise. On your to-do list:
Negative non-verbal cues to avoid include:
Let Your Intention be
that remembering body language tips will hamper, rather than enhance, your
communication style? Or perhaps you're skeptical about the importance of this
"unspoken" language? Top communications coach and academic theorist Dr. Nick
Moran advocates letting your subconscious be your guide. Dr. Moran argues that
consciously trying to direct your body language can actual come across as
Rather, Dr. Moran recommends forgetting
about your body language and instead focusing on your intent. What emotion, or
information, do you wish to convey? If you want to convey excitement, anger,
poise or determination, your focus as a communicator should be on telegraphing
that emotion. If you do so, Moran argues, your body language will unconsciously
line up with that emotion. Bingo! Your body language is reinforcing your spoken
For more tips on persuasive public speaking, read Dr.
Moran's series of posts on Forbes.com.
Are you influenced by a person's body language? Share your thoughts here and at the Pendaflex Facebook page.
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