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body language - facial expression


Body Language -





"The most important thing to hear
in communication is to hear what
isn't being said.
Peter Drucker



Your Face Speaks A Thousand Words

Non verbal communication - Facial ExpressionThere are different variations on it, but the age-old maxim is true: "Your face speaks a thousand words."

Professional public speakers know how to give their audience a special look, a side-ways glance, or simply a raised eye brow and they elicit laughter, meaning and rapport.

Facial Expression for SpeakersBeing expressive, using your face to maximum advantage, is a very useful tool in getting your message across. This skill also allows you to use less words, to show emotion and to send a message directly to your audience's minds and hearts.

Practice Being Expressive

Expressive body language for public speakersAs a public speaker you must be aware of how to use your facial expressions and create ones that work for you. This is especially important if your audience is a long way from the stage. The further away from you they are, the more expressive you can be!

If possible, look at a mirror when you are practicing or rehearsing your speech. Try showing happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise and love.

Match Your Expression to Your Message

Smile! Facial ExpressionBe aware of any artificial, unfriendly, or deadpan expressions you may be making.  Start including facial expressions that support your stories and reflect your emotions.

For example:

  • arching eyebrows – when you are surprised or questioning

  • frowning – when you are moody, disapproving or concerned.

  • grimacing – when you are fearful, in pain or anxious

  • smiling - when you are happy, pleased with the situation or circumstance. etc. etc.

All facial expressions are related to emotions. Professional speakers practice their body language and expressions to accompany their stories and make their message memorable, as well as believable.

Extra Assistance

We recommend you join our Public Speaking Course, or a local drama group where you can practice and get further advice on showing facial expressions.


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