Your Body Speaks Long After your Words Stop!
It is a known fact that good communication is the foundation of successful relationships, both personally and professionally. But as you have learned, your communication involves much more than just words. Studies show that at least 55% of communication is nonverbal and even higher (93%) when you include tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language.
The reality is that your nonverbal communication will always say more than your words. Even when you stop speaking you are still sending messages and communicating non-verbally. In his book, The Art of Non-Verbal Selling author Gerhard Gschwandtner states that even during an average 30 minute sales call (by phone) you are exchanging approximately 800 non-verbal messages. Imagine what that means when you are face-to-face or in front of an audience! How many nonverbal messages are you sending when in person?
As a speaker, it is important then to become more in tune with your body language and other non-verbal cues. This will also result in you becoming more in tune with your thoughts and feelings. As you do, you become aware of the signals you are communicating to your listeners and if needed make the necessary adjustments to make sure your non-verbal communication is congruent, or lines up, with what you really want to communicate.
Today I want to emphasize a simple concept to help you maintain an open posture when you are speaking in front of people and in person.
After you smile, make an intention to always keep an open body posture. This means be aware of your arms and legs when sitting to make sure they are not crossed if you are sitting down during a presentation or forum. When standing and speaking remember that if you stand behind a table or podium you are blocking your audience from connecting with you. If possible, move away from a lectern or podium as much as possible to keep the lines of connection open. Anything that gets between you and your listeners, including a laptop or projector stand, will affect your ability to connect as deeply as you should.
This is a new shift in modern communication and important to note. Historically, it was more acceptable to stand behind a podium for your whole message or speech. This style feels less personal to this era of audiences. Today, authentic communication is expected and is more engaging. Maintaining an open posture invites more collaboration and connection.
This week, observe your body language as you converse with others. Is it distracting? Does it match what you want to communicate? If not, what do you need to adjust so your posture and stance aligns with what you really want to say?
Until next week,
Keep letting the REAL U…..Speak Through!
Lisa Vanderkwaak M.Sc.
Certified World Class Speaking Coach
REAL U Institute™
“Equipping you to Communicate with Passion, Purpose and Transformational Impact”
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