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Public Speaking Tips on Body Language

Public Speaking Tips on Body Language

Public Speaking: Giving a Great Speech: Public Speaking Tips: Body Language

“Body language in public speeches makes a big impression on an audience. Maintain good posture and body language for speeches with tips from a communications specialist in this free public speaking video.”

How to Use Body Language to Improve Your Presentation Online videos for busy business professionals

Practice is the key to helping you improve in public speaking.

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Observing Body Language

“Excerpts from a Charlie Rose interview of Bill Gates are analyzed from a body language perspective. Observations include Conversational-izing, Virtual Space, and Timelines.”

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How To Communicate Better With Body Language Secrets

“I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand.” Louis Armstrong

Since the 1970s, learning how to communicate better has had a lot to do with understanding body language.

Julius Fast wrote a book entitled, Body Language in 1970. He talked about a new science called Kinesics. It opened the way to more studies and books on the subjects. Today, the term Body Language is very common and understood as an important element of communication.

In fact, experts in the field of communication suggest that there is a rule that says that 7% of the meaning of what a person is saying comes from their words.

Interestingly, 38% is based on the tone of their voice. 55% of the meaning comes from the body language of the person that is speaking. This rule comes from research that was published in the late 1960s.

Some now think that the percentages from this research might be slightly different. Nevertheless, the bottom line is still the same. If you don’t know the basics of body language, you are missing a valuable tool for learning how to communicate better. We speak body language on a subliminal level, without actually realizing that we are communicating through body talk.

1. Face

The most expressive part of your body is your face. When you enter a room if you feel nervous, your expression might make you look aloof or unfriendly.

Smiling at the room is a sure-fire way to remove anyone’s doubts about your approachability. Smiling makes us look warm, open and confident.

2. Eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. They certainly give people clues about what we are feeling.

A direct gaze towards someone can show interest- direct staring, on the other hand, can mean an intense dislike. Very little eye contact can show that you are shy.

3. Hands

Have you ever watched someone’s hand gestures when they are talking? Open hand gestures tend to make a person appear open and honest. Bringing hands together to a point can accent the point you are making.

Wringing your hands or excessively moving your fingers and hands will give away nervousness. It can even make someone look dishonest- are they trying to hide something?

4. Posture

If you lean towards someone you are showing an interest in that person. If we are feeling low in confidence, we tend to slouch our shoulders and look down.

Men and women use different body language. For instance, women will stand close to each other, hold eye contact with the person they are talking to and use gestures.

Men make little effort to maintain eye contact and don’t rely on the use of gestures to communicate. Men and women can learn how to communicate better by observing the differences in their use of body language.

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Great Icebreakers: How to Break the Ice and Meet New People

How to Break the Ice and Talk to New People?

meet-new-peopleCheck out the below Toastmaster International YouTube video “Great Icebreakers” and learn how to break the ice with confidence at your next networking or social event with these time-tested tips.

Having the ability to break the ice in any social situation makes networking more effective and fun. When you’re having fun people naturally want to interact with you.

Here are the points mentioned in the video:

Be in the moment.

  • Talk about relevant topics
  • Avoid negative or controversial topics
  • Ask questions about the event
  • Talk about interests
  • Make sure it’s a two-way discussion

Approach a group or person.

  • Smile and introduce yourself
  • Start with easy questions
  • Read body language
  • Ask the group a relevant question

Creating a lasting connection.

  • Exchange business cards
  • Write down a few details

Incorporate the tips and techniques as stated above and in no time you will be amazed how quickly you will be able to break the ice with other people.

For more information, to break the ice, you can check out our other blog post “How to Talk to Anyone“.

Since 1924 Toastmasters International has helped more than four million people gain the confidence to communicate.  Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speaking skills. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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