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Sensible combinations of verbal and nonverbal communication enables your listeners to better understand your message Nonverbal Characteristics Posture Gestures Body Movement Facial Expressions Eye Contact Empathy Look at your audience Support your words with appropriate nonverbal signals: Smile when you wish to convey pleasant ideas Frown when you express dissatisfaction Why Gestures? Clarify usage of words Dramatize ideas Reduce tension Stimulates audience participation Visible Types Of Gestures Descriptive Clarify or enhance a verbal message Emphatic Underscores a verbal message Suggestive Symbols of ideas and emotions Prompting Evoke a desired response Body Movement Balance movements with verbal cues Avoid random movements Step forward to indicate you are arriving at a point Step back when concluding a point and signals the audience they can relax momentarily Always lead with your foot nearest your destination Facial Expressions Your face is watched whenever you speak Often the key determinant of the meaning behind a message Communicates your attitudes, feelings, and emotions more so than any other part of your body Eye Contact Most powerful feature after voice Establish a bond
Look at your audience to convey your sincerity of the message You will increase their attention to you by sufficient eye contact Provides you feedback and helps you relax Gestures and Body Movement Objective: To acquaint the audience with the basics of gestures and body movement
The story begins with communication…. • Verbal communnication
Non- Verbal communication Posture Gestures Body movement Facial expressions Eye contact Gesture It is a: • Significant body or limb movement
Any movement of the body or part of the body that expresses or emphasizes an idea, sentiment or attitude Types of Gesture • Conventionalized body movements/limited action (eg. Praying)
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Those without intention (eg. Blushing) Importance of gestures • Clarify usage of words Dramatize ideas Reduce tension Stimulates audience participation
Visible Types of Gesture • Descriptive: clarify a message (eg. A big tree) Emphatic: underscores a message (eg. smile) Suggestive: symbols of ideas and emotions (eg.looking at a wrist watch) • Prompting: evoke a desired response (eg. Salesmen) Facial Expressions • A type of gesture
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Change opinions Shows feelings and attitudes Deadpan face shows a lack of expressions
Body Movement • Balance movements with verbal cues • • point Avoid random movements Step forward to indicate you are arriving at a • Step back when concluding a point and that the audience can relax momentarily Complexity of gestures • Thumbs up is vulgar in Iran and Australia • • Spain Greeks smile when angry It is unladylike for women to cross their legs in • • • • • • • Patting a child’s head is sacrilegious in India The World is full of Gestures… • Traffic police Street vendors Expressway drivers Military persons Teacher and children Athletes Airport ground attendents Advice Follow 2 As in the world of Gestures! • • ASK be AWARE Ground Rules to follow • Respect • • • • • • Tolerate ambiguity Relate to people Be non-judgemental Personalize your observations Be empathetic Be persistent .