Let’s Focus on Gestures

Check out our last club meeting about TEDx speeches – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1BM7RTKyL8

Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday 11 April at La Fleur en Papier Doré at 19.30

Move your body – improve your body language through dance choreography.

Don’t expect to sit on your chair in the MOVE YOUR BODY workshop! We’ll warm up with a catchy song to give you the energy boost you need before a speech. Then you’ll learn easy and simple dance choreography that will improve how you move with purpose on stage, how you express yourself and how you convey your message.

All the experts tell us ‘Your Body Speaks’ – it’s not just about what you say – it’s about your body language too. When you present a speech, you send two kinds of messages to your audience. While your voice transmits a verbal message, a vast amount of information is being visually conveyed by your appearance, your manner, and your physical behaviour. Research shows that more than half of all human communication takes place nonverbally. When you speak before a group, your listeners base their judgment of you and your message on what they see as well as upon what they hear. In public speaking, your body can be an effective tool for adding emphasis and clarity to your words. It’s also your most powerful instrument for convincing an audience of your sincerity, earnestness, and enthusiasm. However, if your physical actions are distracting or suggest meanings that do not agree with your verbal message, your body can defeat your words. Whether your purpose is to inform, persuade, entertain, motivate, or inspire, your body and the personality you project must be appropriate to what you say.

To become an effective speaker, you must understand how your body speaks. You can’t stop sending your audience nonverbal messages, but you can learn to manage and control them. Time to think about proper speaking posture, gestures, body movement, facial expressions, eye contact and making a positive first impression on an audience.

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