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    Did I Say That?

    What is Your Body

    Language Saying?

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    Did I Say That?

    What is Your Body

    Language Saying?

    By Sharon Skaling

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    Did I Say That?

    What is Your Body Language Saying?

    It happens all the time. You start a business or

    sales conversation with someone; you think that

    they understand you, and you understand them,

    and that you have the beginnings of a mutually

    beneficial professional or client relationship.

    Later, in developing that relationship, you

    discover a problem. You find that the message

    you wanted to communicate was not the

    message received, or you have misunderstoodthe other person's intent, and what seemed like

    a great opportunity is suddenly lost, or in

    jeopardy. Trying to make sense of what went

    wrong with your message, you find yourself

    asking: Did I say that?

    Usually, when we ask ourselves this question,

    we focus mainly on what we said, never realizing

    that communication is a more complex process

    that goes beyond mere words. In fact, over 90%

    of what we communicate is interpreted

    nonverbally by how we say it, and how we look

    when we say it. Yet we are likely to put more effort

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    into what we say because we think that is the key

    to getting what we want in business, and in life.

    From tone of voice and facial expressions to

    body language and other distractions not within

    our control, there are many nonverbal factors

    that determine how others will interpret what we

    say, and vice versa. Little wonder that we

    frequently ask ourselves: Did I say that?

    The most effective communicators and the most

    successful business people understand and

    use both body language and image techniques

    t o c re at e c om pe ll in g m es sa ge s a nd

    presentations. Through this booklet, you will

    discover and learn how to harness these proven

    techniques so you can communicate more

    effectively, better understand what others are

    saying, enhance your ability to achieve your

    goals, and enjoy more rewarding, long-term

    professional and personal relationships.

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    What is this thing called

    communication?

    Essentially, communication is an exchange of

    information written, verbal or behavioural

    between individuals. It is:

    A process; it cannot be reversed or repeated

    exactly.

    A system; a message is sent via a channel

    (e.g., verbal, written) to another person.

    An interaction; any person involved in

    communication undergoes some form of

    change.

    Transactional; we share ourselves with one

    another.

    Functional: it produces change.

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    Understanding the

    communication cycle

    The communication cycle appears relatively

    simple: you, as the source, prepare a message

    either verbal or written which you transmit to

    someone else a receiver. The receiver then

    decodes your message, determines i ts

    meaning, prepares a response, and transmits it

    back to you. This process can take milliseconds,

    or days, depending on how you communicate. It

    seems like such a simple process, so why does

    communication often go wrong?

    The truth is that communication isn't quite so

    s im pl e. R es ea rc h b y e xp er ts s uc h a s

    Dr. Mehrabian at UCLA shows that any

    p re se nt at io n y ou m ak e h as t hr ee k ey

    components: visual (your body language, facial

    expressions, physical characteristics, even

    clothing and grooming), vocal (the sound,

    volume and clarity of your voice) and verbal (the

    actual content of your message). Of the three,

    visual has the greatest impact in communicating

    successfully, accounting for 55% of your

    presentation. Voice accounts for 38%, and

    verbal just 7%. It has been suggested by some

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    interpreters of this research that 90% of your

    total visual presentation depends on clothing

    and grooming. While I am unable to find other

    research to support this interpretation, it is

    certain that the clothing you choose can affect

    your body language - even modify or

    camouflage physical characteristics, making a

    highly professional wardrobe essential.

    So your wardrobe, along with grooming, body

    language and tone of voice, will either enhance

    or compromise the verbal portion of your

    presentation, the essence of your message.

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    With the what apparently having so little impact,

    it is often assumed that the information we areconveying is not important in our overall ability to

    influence individuals and audiences. In reality,

    however, who we are and how we deliver ourinformation is really only important so people will

    listen to us, understand what we are saying, andact on it. ~ Suzanne Stevens (Content is King,

    Speaking of Impact, Summer 2005)

    Simply put, style will get you in the door, and

    your substance will keep you there. Enhance

    your style, and you will enhance your substance.

    How can you ensure effective

    communication?

    Often, what you don't say is more influential than

    what you do say. The nonverbal signals that you

    send can suggest, accurately or inaccurately,

    your attitude, understanding and empathy even

    your ethics. Within seconds of meeting

    someone, that person is judging you based on

    what he or she sees and feels. It's these silent

    messages that will determine your ability to

    make a strong first impression. Learn to identify

    and interpret these nonverbal language cues,

    and how you can use them to send a complete

    message that is consistent in words, gestures

    and meaning.

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    Did you know: In the business world, where

    companies will judge you against other equally

    quali fied candidates, appropriate body

    language can give you the edge you need to get

    the career you want?

    Body language is extremely important in any

    face-to-face communication. In fact, it may be

    as important as what you say. Used correctly,

    body language can reinforce and enhance the

    impact of your message.

    Positive Body Language

    Our body language is an important aspect of

    running a successful business as we cannotalways say what we really feel. This means we

    have to act positive in negative situations (andvice-versa of course). You can also identify other

    people's body language and know what they

    really mean: whatever they may be saying.~Bizhelp24.com

    Like all nonverbal communication, your bodylanguage helps to shape the overall image that

    others have of you. It should be a carefully

    p la nn ed c om po ne nt o f y ou r p er so na l

    presentation, just like your hairstyle and your

    professional wardrobe. Your clients, customers,

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    employers, colleagues and acquaintances will

    det ermine your honesty, inte gri ty and

    professionalism based on subtle messages they

    observe in your body language, and that can

    influence whether they start or continue a

    business relationship with you.

    Here are some typical interpretations of

    common body language cues:

    open-lipped smiling;

    open hands with palms visible; unbuttoning coat

    upon being seated.

    leaning forward in chair; chin up;

    putting tips of fingers of one hand against the

    tips of fingers of other hand in praying or

    steepling position; hands joined behind back

    when standing.

    smoking; whistling; pinching

    skin; fidgeting; jiggling pocket contents; running

    tongue along front of teeth; clearing throat;

    running fingers through hair; wringing hands;

    biting pens or other objects; twiddling thumbs;

    biting fingernails (or evidence of); tongue

    clicking.

    Openness and Warmth:

    Confidence:

    Nervousness:

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    Untrustworthy / Defensive: frowning; squinting

    eyes; tight-lipped grin; arms crossed in front of

    chest; pulling away; chin down; touching nose

    or face; darting eyes; looking down when

    speaking; clenched hands; gestures with fist;

    pointing with fingers; chopping one hand into

    the open palm of the other; rubbing back of

    neck.

    Now, let's look at the individual elements of body

    language so you can ensure your nonverbal

    cues are always consistent with your verbal

    message.

    Let's face it: Your face is the key to your identity,

    and your facial expressions are the most honest

    indicators of what you really feel. These

    expressions are also hard to control, or conceal,

    so let's begin our look at body language and itsimpact on our ability to communicate with others

    by exploring facial expressions.

    About face

    Given that people believe what they see more

    than what they hear, your expressions may

    betray the message you want to convey. Using

    a mirror, or other methods, study your facial

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    expressions, discretely if you are in a

    conversation. As you become more familiar

    with your expressi