Body Language

Body language is the non-verbal movements we make as a part of how we communicate, from waving hands to involuntary twitching of facial muscles. Our body language exhibits far more information about how we feel than it is possible to articulate verbally. All of the physical gestures we make are subconsciously interpreted by others. This can work for or against us depending on the kind of body language we use.

Articles in our "Body Language" Category:

Appearance Is Important

By Stephen Boyd | March 16, 2009

Certainly what you say is more important than what people see. Your appearance, however, is an important aspect of your presentation skills and you want to encourage the audience to listen to what you have to say. Remember that your presentation begins the moment someone recognizes you as the speaker.

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The Eyes Have It

By Stephen Boyd | March 31, 2006

Eyes are a way of reinforcing a message you are communicating to an audience, whether you are delivering a presentation or talking one-on-one. In this article I will suggest ways to enhance use of eye contact in communicating with people.

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Where You Stand Makes A Difference

By Stephen Boyd | October 31, 2005

You usually think of choreography as part of a play or dance or television production. But a kind of choreography is an important factor in an effective presentation: where and how you stand.

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A Pleasant Look

By Stephen Boyd | December 15, 2004

What can you do to consistently show a pleasant look in spite of circumstances around you? One technique is to practice different facial expressions in the mirror until you determine one that is pleasant. Then hold that expression for several seconds.

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Improving Your Speaking Posture

By Stephen Boyd | March 31, 2004

Slouching as you speak, moving from one foot to the other, or leaning on the lectern are not ways to engender the confidence of your audience in you and your message. You may not be aware of your bad posture, but since you are the focus of their attention, poor and uncertain posture will be obvious to your listeners.

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Hand Gestures

By Speaking Tips | December 15, 2003

Experts tell us body language accounts for between 55% and 65% of our communication. Just what is body language? It is carriage, facial expressions, eye contact and gestures. All go into establishing your presence and making a connection with the audience. Gestures can be made with your hands, arms, shoulder, torso, legs, feet or a combination of these but hand gestures are probably the most common.

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Choreograph Your Speech

By Stephen Boyd | November 30, 2003

We usually think of choreography in connection with plays or dance routines; I believe, however, that we can choreograph our speeches as well! Where we place ourselves during our speeches can have a great impact on how audiences respond to our messages. Here are some suggestions on how to choreograph your next speech.

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