Body Language

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Public Speaking
Body Language – Workshop

Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say”
That is the power of body language and why it lets so many speakers and their presentations down.
Appropriate body language will keep your audience engaged and connected to your presentation.
This workshop will explore the many key elements of body language and how they can influence the power of your speech,

  • Posture
  • Facial expression
  • Smile
  • Stance
  • Gestures

We also investigate negative body language and how it can destroy the effectiveness of your communication.

As with all of our programs, this workshop is highly participative and we encourage you to learn and practice your new skills to help you become a master of communication.

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Body Language

Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say”
That is the power of what you don’t say, but is still being communicated.
You can be forgiven for underestimating the power of non-verbal communication when you’re learning the art of becoming an effective communicator and public speaker. It’s a tragic mistake to ignore this powerful skill, and you should pay equal attention to the way that you convey yourself non-verbally to your audience. It simply isn’t enough to be an excellent speaker, your body leaks so much more information than you say. Even if you exhibit full control over your voice, and you’ve mastered vocal variation and pronunciation, you will still be judged subconsciously by your audience if you pay no mind to your this skill. Simple things like changing your posture can lend more power and authority to your message.
Like most aspects of public speaking, this power is rooted deep within the human subconscious and psyche. You are always making subconscious judgments about others whether you realize it or not. We gauge the power of other people and their position in society by looking at the way that they hold themselves. Someone who is constantly looking down to their feet or avoiding eye contact with others often does not hold the same authority as someone who is unafraid to stare someone in the eyes when they are speaking to them.
If you ever pay close attention to a group of people in a social setting, you will be able to immediately discern which of them has the most dominant personality by looking at their posture, the pace of the conversation, and determining who is controlling the conversation and taking up the most amount of time. If you are going to be an effective public speaker, you will need to master this technique and hone your understanding to an expert level in order to achieve true success in the art of public speaking.

Common Mistakes

When you were growing up, you probably heard from your elderly relatives many times over to sit up straight and keep a good posture. If you ignored this advice, you did yourself a great disservice. Posture is one of the most important aspects of cultivating this powerful skill, and someone who slouches or looks uncomfortable with themselves does not command the same amount of respect and authority as someone who is always mindful of their posture, sitting up straight in their seats and looking very comfortable in their own body and mind. You need to convey that you are self-confident, and that you are assured of your own worth and authority if you hope to exert any sort of control over your audience.
Likewise, another common mistake is that you need to learn to hold eye contact (almost stare) with your audience when you are speaking to them. Whilst this is the case for some people (probably 50% of the audience), it is not the case for everyone. Ideally you should be looking at everyone, passing your eyes over every member of the audience and learning to effectively keep them engaged. For those who do not hold your eye contact, do not worry. It’s not that they don’t respect you, it may just be that they are uncomfortable with strong eye contact. It takes a lot of micromanagement and practice, but once you learn to make eye contact with everyone in the room in equal increments, taking your time to engage with each person or each segment of the audience, you will be on the right path to understanding and applying the power of control to your speeches and presentations.
This applies to both situations where you will be speaking to tens, to thousands or to tens of thousands of people, and situations where you will be speaking to a room of maybe two or three people at most. I would argue that it is even more important to control of your posture, facial expressions and eye contact with a group of smaller people, as they will be more likely to notice your poor control since it is a smaller group of people.
Avoiding these mistakes is essential, as it can give off cues to people in the audience who may heckle you or decrease the effectiveness and authority of your presentation. If you come off as assertive while being attentive and patient, most people will not be brave enough to try and talk over you or butt into your presentation with a rude obscenity or shouted insult. As respectful as most people are, there will come a time where you have to deal with a rowdy or difficult audience, and it is best that you prepare yourself well ahead of time to avoid embarrassment and potentially career ruining circumstances.
You should be of gestures such as using your hands, your arms, your legs, and your whole self as an instrument for demonstrating your point. At the same time, you should not be overusing your limbs convey your points. I have seen many presenters use their hands so much during their speech that it becomes distracting from the actual content of the presentation. Likewise, those people who are not animated at all, merely remaining stiff like a statue, are likely to fail at any efforts to captivate their audience or drive the point of their presentation home. They simply lack audience connection.
Humans communicate on a deep level with nonverbal cues. Most mammals communicate this way in varying degrees. Humans often underestimate how powerful this really is, because we have developed sophisticated languages and means of communication that appear, at first glance, to be much more complex than the deceptively simple physical language our bodies convey. It is the reason that CIA interrogators and police officers of the highest order are extensively trained in reading the body language of criminals and terrorists in order to determine if a lie is being told or if the captive is being deceptive.
Our bodies give off our true intentions, beliefs, and fears. If we are untrained in controlling these cues, is easy for other people to gauge us and gleam critical weaknesses when speaking to us in private conversation. Likewise, those who do not actively understand that are unlikely to be excellent public speakers. You are missing out on a critical aspect of improving the engagement of your audience by conveying your message powerfully with the tools you have at your disposal.

Learning this Skill from a Master

It is of course feasible to teach yourself control of this topic from available resources such as books and the internet, but I would not personally recommend going into it without the guidance of a mentor. A mentor will help you more effectively learn the strategies and apply them to your individual situation. Having someone by your side who has been through what you are going through, and has progressed along the path to mastery of their own control, can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to improve your own skill. We have been coaching many students on how to improve their public speaking skills and the topics which support that for a very long time now.
If you are looking for an effective teacher who understands how to work with you and create an individualized plan for success, we can teach you a wide range of skills from control to business negotiations and business networking. Suffice it to say that our coaches have mastered the art of public speaking and the art of social mastery. We can teach you to be a more effective speaker, presenter and access your inner power to improve your self-confidence. If you have issues and anxieties when it comes to being faced with the prospect of having to speak in public, or you simply are not very good at controlling yourself and your facial expressions, you can be helped to achieve a sense of calm and sharpen your ability to make impactful, effective presentations and speeches.
Perhaps you are simply looking to understand this topic at a more intimate level in order to improve your chances of being hired at the company that you want a job at. Maybe you have a certain habit that makes you look weak or shows that you have a lack of confidence in yourself. We have helped many students with a variety of different problems and social anxieties. We can help you master the art of public speaking and control. We will help you shape you into a powerful tool that you can use to your advantage in your speeches and presentations. We can also teach you to control your non-verbal cues in order to convey a sense of self-confidence and will cover real-world examples that have worked for many students and the most prolific speakers throughout modern history. You will learn a combination of old techniques that have helped men and women just like you control crowds and drive their points home effectively, and new psychological techniques that have been revealed to us with the advent of modern science and a greater, deeper understanding of the human mind and nature.
Whether you are preparing to give a speech at a wedding, or speak to an audience of tens of thousands of people at an expo, I can help you prepare for this event and ensure that you are well equipped to handle a variety of different situations. Our techniques are proven to work, and we have had many years of experience in the industry and have personally coached some of the best speakers in a variety of different industries.
It is all up to you to take initiative to become a better human being by improving your sense of self-confidence and your public speaking ability. This begins with being able to understand nonverbal cues and use them to your advantage rather than allowing them to trip you up and act as an obstacle to attaining clear, concise confidence and speaking ability that will set you apart from your peers and demonstrate that you are a master of your own mind and body.
It all begins within the, changing key behaviours to help you see yourself in a different light. Overcome your anxieties and actualize your potential. You will learn to craft your mind into a critical lens to analyse your own flaws and strengths, and shape yourself into a more confident, more action oriented person. When you are able to master the languages of your body and your mind, you can truly cultivate the appearance of total self-confidence that will allow you to demonstrate the key points and foundational concepts of your presentation effectively to your audience.

In Conclusion

Never forget that your body speaks volumes. Things that you may not say out loud are communicated in the way that you hold yourself. It is shown in your posture, in the way that you make eye contact with people (or lack thereof), in your nervous habits, in the wriggling and noisy movement that you show off when you are nervous, and in the gestures that you make with your hands and arms when speaking. Learn to control these factors and minimize negative body language, and you will be on the right path to becoming a more effective speaker.
Identify key negative cues you may be exhibiting, such as playing with your hair or nervously wringing out your hands. Is important that you notice these behaviours and attempt to remove them entirely. Think of them as involuntary behaviours that you can change with practice. If you think about it enough, and you find yourself making an effort to stop showing these cues, your brain will begin to form the foundation that you need to be an effective master.
With the help of an educated mentor who knows how to adapt to your learning style, you can more easily achieve success in making positive changes that will result in you becoming a more if and masterful public speaker who not only is able to control his or her own voice, but is indeed able to master their cues. Combining all of the lessons demonstrated on this website will result in invariable success. Apply them correctly to your situation, and you will be able to deliver effective, hard-hitting presentations and speeches to any audience. I am your public speaking mentor, and I am here to help you adapt to these lessons into your own context.