Body Language & Communication Compensation
I saw a play this weekend at the Single Carrot Theatre (http://singlecarrot.com) in Baltimore, MD, in which puppets played some of the roles. They were not in the Sesame Street or Avenue Q mold, cartoonish faces and bodies, with silly character voices.
These puppets were human looking. Their faces were painted on, so they couldn’t emote. But their bodies were not fixed and their movements, which were manipulated by the enormously skillful actors/puppeteers, were incredibly expressive and made these puppets come alive. They were at one point funny, and then they would break your heart.
I was struck by this because I always talk about the nonverbal aspects of speech and that when we’re speaking and communicating, we need it all, including facial expression. But we’re not all strong in every area. Some people make more effective gestures, others have fabulous, expressive voices, and so on.
My point is that you should play to your strengths and keep working on your weaknesses. I’ve named it the principle of communication compensation. If you play up your strong skills, your weaker skills will fade into the background.
Now, this isn’t advice to leave those weaker skills as they are – oh no. Rather it’s to tell you that it allows you to keep working on them so they become as strong as your compensating skills. It gives you some breathing room. So, unlike the puppets in the play, whose faces will never change, you have a chance to do just that. But, while you’re working on it, know that not everything has to be perfect — never will be anyway.
Toastmasters International – 10 Tips for Public Speaking
Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on …
How To Conquer Public Speaking Fear
A report that covers the common causes of public speaking fear and tips to overcome it. Book available.
Public speaking – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners …
History – Training – National and international … – General
Advanced Public Speaking Institute
Public speaking articles, seminars, and educational materials.
public speaking tips, public speaking training, public speaking …
presentation skills & public speaking monthly tips by Lenny Laskowski, Professional Speaker.
http://www.ljlseminars.com/monthtip.htmPresentation Tips for Public Speaking
Basic Public Speaking, 2nd Edition – The Roadmap to Confident Communications. Excerpts from the book by Douglas Parker. Public Speaking Advice, Tips for …