When we speak, we send two kinds of messages to our audiences. While your voice is transmitting a verbal message, a vast amount of information is visually conveyed by our appearance, manner and physical behavior – why because our actions often speak louder than our words.
Research shows that more than half of all human communication takes place nonverbally. When we speak, listeners base their judgment of us and our message on what they saw, heard and felt. Our audiences often remember what we were doing when we said what we were saying. In public speaking, your body can be another very effective tool for adding emphasis and clarity to your words. It can also be your most powerful instrument for convincing an audience of your sincerity, earnestness, and enthusiasm.
Your physical actions must agree with your verbal message. If your actions are distracting your body language can defeat your words. Whether the purpose of your presentation is to persuade, inform, entertain, motivate or inspire, your body and the personality you project must be appropriate, not only to what you say but also, to how you say what you said. Your words and body language must be in sync with your message for it to resonate with your audience.
If you want to become an effective Public Speaker, you must understand how your body speaks. While you can’t stop sending your audiences nonverbal messages, you can learn to manage and control the negative and to accentuate the positives. With practice, you can learn how to make your body speak as eloquently as your words once you understand your body language and your actions speak louder than your words.
“Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson