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Body language matters!

The importance of body language You’ve probably heard that body language is important. But it really can make or break your speech!

Berkeley’s Mehrabian study on likability:

  • Word Choice – 7%
  • Voice Tone – 38%
  • Body Language – 55%!

Your audience starts to judge you as soon as you stand up after your introduction.  They can make a split-second decision on your likability based on your body language!

Haven’t you done that to a speaker when you were in the audience?

Even if you don’t speak, your body tells the audience something about you:

  • If your voice is big and your gestures small, they are a mismatch and disjointed – not a smooth impression.
  • If you turn your hands inward, you can look exclusive instead of inclusive
  • If you hang on to the podium, you look like you lack confidence
  • If you lean on the podium, you look like you lack energy and passion
  • If you keep your hands in your pockets, it could keep you from reaching your listeners with your message

Remember the study – and watch your body language!

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