September 2013

 

 

Part 1 of 2: WHEN YOUR BODY SPEAKS, YOUR AUDIENCE BELIEVES!

 

 

You’ve heard the saying, “Your actions speak so loudly that I can't hear what you are saying!” That is true in more than one way. Certain communication research studies, which were first documented by psychologist Albert Mehrabian of UCLA many years ago, clearly indicate what we know from experience: when a speaker’s body language is inconsistent with what the speaker is saying, we overwhelmingly tend to believe the body language over the spoken words. Thus actions do speak louder than words. Why do we instinctively believe the language of the body over the language of the tongue? The answer is simple: The tongue can easily tell lies, but it’s much harder to control what the body is saying. If the audience is going to be influenced by your body language, then isn't it really important to know how we, as communicators, can become more proficient at “speaking” with our body
 

 

 

Here are four things we need to know about body language:

  1. We communicate non-verbally all the time. (You are always communicating something with your body. Even not having any gestures or showing facial expressions communicates something!)
  2. People believe what they are seeing in your body language more than what they are hearing from your mouth.
  3. Body language is difficult to consciously control. (Even great liars are eventually found out).
  4. Public speakers can improve their body language. That’s the good news and that’s the diamond in this month’s newsletter!

 

Recently I heard a sports analyst on a radio show on a Monday – the day after a plethora of Sunday football games – ask his partner about a well-known quarterback, “Did you see his body language?” Then, mentioning another couple of quarterbacks, he went on to say, “Well, it’s plain to see that he has joined the ‘Sulking Quarterbacks Club!’” What he was saying was that regardless of what that quarterback said in an interview after the game, the message his body communicated was that he has an unattractive attitude that does not bode well for his team. Where does that attitude emanate from? It stems from a BELIEF. Here’s the connection from belief to non-verbal communication:

 

BELIEF - THOUGHT - FEELINGS - ATTITUDE - COMMUNICATION

 

What’s pertinent here is that “communication” is expressed by your body, even if you choose not to communicate with your tongue and that “communication” has its source in a belief that is lodged in your unconscious mind. See the diagram below to see how it works. Follow it from right to left:

 

 

 

The beliefs lodged in the unconscious mind influence conscious thoughts, which influence feelings, which influence attitude, which influence non-verbal communication. Therefore, the most natural way for you, the speaker, to have effective non-verbal communication (body language) with your audience is to nurture beliefs that empower you, help you focus on your message, and respect your audience. 

 

If you don't work on your beliefs, but only work on improving your non-verbal techniques, then you may have robotically correct body language but you will not connect with your audience heart-to-heart.

 

Here are a few exercises to try out in front of a full-length mirror:

 

 

Exercises to be done in front of a full-length mirror:

Exercise 1

Step 1: Close your eyes. Think “Woe is me!” Think about how difficult life is for you. Think about how you’ve failed in so many ways. Internalize it. Feel it. Let your body respond to your feelings.

 

Step 2: Open your eyes. Examine your body posture, facial expression, and eyes.

 

Exercise 2

Step 1: Close your eyes. Think, “All things are possible!” Think about how blessed you are. Think about the empowering moments you’ve experienced when you felt on top of the world. Feel it! Absorb it! Re-live those wonderful moments. Let your body respond to your feelings.

 

Step 2: Open your eyes. Examine your body posture, facial expression, and eyes.

 

Did you notice the differences in the body language in the two scenarios? Were you slouched or erect? Did your face look relaxed and alert or drawn in defeat? Did your eyes have a look of hopelessness or did they have a glint of confidence? 

 

To answer the question of what causes you to have the body language you have, examine your beliefs about yourself, your audience, your topic, and the occasion. Make a change in your beliefs and you will make a change in your non-verbal communication!



 

How do you change your beliefs? My life-tested approach is to use the power of your imagination to create the reality you want. Meditate on it. Dwell on it. You will plant seeds in the fertile ground of your subconscious mind that will eventually lead you to break through limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs.

 

For a speech that reveals the power of breaking through self-imposed limitations see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGBuMbNJgXA

 

After you listen to the message, turn off the audio and see how my body language communicates and connects with the audience.

 

Stay tuned the next issue of Dilip’s Diamonds, where we will look at action principles for powerful body language.

 

Diamond Tip – A Tip for Improving Body Language

 

 Question: My posture and gestures are stiff and feel unnatural when I’m giving a talk. I feel out-of-sync with my words. How can I be smoother and more natural?

Dr. Dilip: It sounds like you are focusing your energy on yourself when you speak. Focus on the message and the audience. Get enthusiastic about your topic so that you forget yourself! As you get more passionate about your message, your feelings and words will fall into the same rhythm. When that happens, your body language and spoken words will fall into alignment and you will communicate naturally and smoothly. Then public speaking becomes fun!


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This seminar will give participants tools, which they can use to transform hurtful battles into hopeful bridges of connection and understanding in difficult relationship situations. It will be presented by the unique combination of R. Michael Donley, a legal studies professor who runs a conflict resolution service and Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, communications expert, speech coach and trainer. Participants will learn "The Art of the Difficult Conversation," which offers an approach and techniques for effectively handling communication situations that can be stressful. "Winning More Than the Battle" will give you a set of basic questions and approaches to ask that can turn conflicts into opportunities to improve and strengthen your relationships. You will learn by using the workshop as a lab to practice these approaches and develop confidence so that you canbegin to apply these tools right away to improve your relationships and your life.

Participants will receive a workbook, lunch, refreshments, and a handsome certificate. Participants will also receive valuable discounts for coaching sessions, products, and upcoming workshops.

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Preaching with Power,session #4

 

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Worship Leader, Camp Hill United Methodist Church

 

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Speech Coaching,Senior Manager

 

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Diamonds Round Table(Online) 

 

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Speech Coaching, Vice President

 

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Preaching with Power,session #5

 

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Preach at Camp Hill United Methodist Church

 

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Preaching with Power,session #6
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Preaching with Power,session #7

 

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Preaching with Power,session #8

 

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Mind Mapping Workshop

 

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Pastors Peer Group meeting

 

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Preaching with Power,session #9

 

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Church Consultation

 

November 21:

Preaching with Power,session #10

 

November 23:

Battles to Bridges Workshop

 

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Communicate with Distinction Workshop

 

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Quote to Think About

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. 
-Jim Rohn