Body Language & Non-Verbal Communication in Public Speaking

Whether we realize it of much of our human communication happens in non-verbal form. Our bodies speak, often volumes more than we do in our actual spoken words. In fact, numerous studies by famed Psychologist Albert Mehrabian found that most of our communications are dominated by the visual method. This study in particular shows that it is not the singularly important aspect of public speaking and leadership. It details that alongside the use of the voice, what we say, body language *IS* important. His psychological studies broke down communication into the following components:

Communication Components

  • 55% Visual – Your Body Language
  • 38% Vocal – Your Voice/Vocal Variety
  • 7% Verbal – Words You Use

Body Language & Nonverbal Communication

As a public speaking and leadership trainer, I make you more conscious, more aware of this fact and more able to connect with any person or audience you communicate with. One of my methods for making you more aware of your body language involves working on becoming more expressive through practicing what I call the Ekman 17. Paul Ekman was a pioneering psychologist who studied emotion and their relationship to facial expressions. Eckman’s research concluded that there were 17 common facial expressions across all cultures. In our classes, We focus on teaching you how to express these universal common denominator emotions effectively. With our training practice you build confidence and skill as a communicator and a public speaker. Your body language and non-verbal communication skills will naturally become more lively and effectively – you will notice the results in both career and life.

Want to learn more about public speaking and leadership? Join our newsletter or connect with us on social media.

Joseph Guarino is a professional public speaker, trainer and owner of the Institute of Public Speaking a Boston based international public speaking & leadership training organization. As a seasoned public speaking trainer & professional speaker he enjoys helping other succeed in this worthy and rewarding craft. The Institute of Public Speaking offers a variety of public speaking courses for individuals (1 on 1 training), executive speech coaching, one day public speaking bootcamps, advanced public speaking bootcamps and public speaking seminars for corporations & groups of any size.
Posted in CommunicationTagged , ,  |  Leave a comment

Leave a reply