Essay about Communication through Body Movement
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Communication through Body Movement
All of us are trained in the use of speech, to communicate what we mean in a way that other people will understand. And most of the time, others understand what we mean. In a telephone conversation, we communicate through speech alone. In a face-to-face meeting, part of the communication is carried in a non-verbal form, what is often called “body language” or “body movement”. In the next paragraphs, I am going to show what are the positive and negative of “body language” and why it is important to us. Body language and non-verbal communication play a major role in determining how effective we are as presenters. The cues and messages that we send out while we are speaking during our presentations…show more content…
On the basis of their body language, your impression will be one of a lack of boredom on the part of the presenter. Positive body language is generally quite reliable as an indicator of a person's feelings. It signals interest in the other person and in the conversation. Positive body language has lot of terms and generally accepted meanings. Here are some of the terms I found and their meaning: · Relaxed posture - Comfortably seated, relaxed breathing, no visible stiffness or abrupt movements. These indicate no major barriers to communication. · Good eye contact - Looking in the other person's eyes, particularly when they are speaking, indicates interest in that person. Proper eye contact involves looking away occasionally to avoid staring. · Nodding agreement - When nods are used to punctuate key things the other person has said, they signal agreement, interest and understanding. However, continual unconscious bobbing of the head usually indicates that the listener is tuning out. · Taking notes - Shows interest and involvement, particularly if notes are on what the other person is saying. · Smiling/adding humor - This is a very positive sign. It signals a warm personal relationship. · Gesturing warmly - Talking with hands, particularly with palms open, indicates involvement in the conversation and openness to the other person. For all of these positive gestures, moderation is the rule. I still remember when we did a
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I created these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind through his or her body language.
Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he or she may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
The Top Five Tips For Using Body Language
- Use body language to add depth to dialogue.
- Use it because more than 50% of human communication is non-verbal.
- Use it to show how your character’s emotions affect his or her actions.
- Use it to help you show rather than tell your reader everything.
- Use it in moderation. If overused, it can slow your story down.
How To Translate Emotions Into Written Body Language
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by Amanda Patterson
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