My daughter’s eyes sparkle and her smile lights up a room. When we go out, she’s always making new friends. Strangers smile and say, “Hello.” They interact with her. At school, she’s extremely popular. I see she’s remarkably engaging and intelligent. You can just tell.
My daughter is also three and has Cerebral Palsy. She can’t yet sit, stand, or walk. She can’t keep her head steadily upright, but she can shake a mean “no.” “Yes” shows as a big smile and “eager” body language. When she wants something, she looks for it so you know what she wants. Ask her what she wants to eat, she’ll find a way to tell you. And you’d better ask: she can be as stubborn as any three-year-old if you don’t.
Tomorrow I facilitate the first of two public speaking classes. I emphasize how important it is to use all forms of communication in face-to-face encounters, including tone of voice and body language. It’s important to control your presence to project the appropriate body language, and it’s equally important to continuously “read” body language cues from your audience.
Many people are surprised to learn that body language represents well over 50% of communication in face-to-face meetings. I wouldn’t challenge that assertion. Just ask my daughter.
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