If you think that you can judge by examining someone’s facial expressions if he has just hit the jackpot in the lottery or lost everything in the stock market — think again. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at New York University and Princeton University have discovered that, it just doesn’t work that way.
Rather, they found that body language provides a better cue in trying to judge whether an observed subject has undergone strong positive or negative experiences.
In a study published this week in the journal Science, the researchers present data showing…
This is extremely interesting data, since it flies directly in the face of everything we have been previously taught. Nevertheless, if you want to be an effective and persuasive communicator, you need to pay attention to all facets of your presentation; and this means your body as well.
So, remember, when giving presentations, be sure you know the message you’re conveying non-verbally as well. A great way to address this is practice in front of a mirror, a friend or videotape. I find video taping to be the best medium and achieve the most accurate results, because as they say in show business, the tape never lies….
-David W. Mykel