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G.H.PATEL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
AND TECHNOLOGY
Name: Nishit D. Karkar
Enrollment No. : 160110120024
ID No. :16MC067
Branch: Mechatronics
Batch: 1D20
Semester: 1st
Course Title: Communication Skills
Course Code: 2110002
Topic: Importance of BODY LANGUAGE while
delivering a Presentation
Acadamic Year: 2016-17{odd}
“Nobility and
Dignity; Self
abasement and
Servility, Insolence
and Vulgarity, are
reflected in the
Face And in the
Attitude of the
Body whether Still
or in Motion.”
-SOCRATES
(greek philosopher)
Body Language
What is BODY LANGUAGE ???
 Body language is a language in which physical behavior, as opposed to
words, is used to express feelings. Such behavior includes every aspect of
your appearance, from what you wear, how you stand, look, and move, to
your facial expressions, and physical habits such as Nodding your head,
jingling change in your pocket, or pulling your necktie. Your use of Space &
Gestures are other key concerns. Body language exists in both animals and
humans. It is also known as kinesics.
 Body language is a vital form of communication, which can make or break
your presentation. It is an essential part of emotional intelligence, which can
help you bond with another person, a small group or a large audience. Non-
verbal communication is so powerful it can reinforce your verbal message or
contradict it.
 The non-verbal part of an oral presentation is not as deliberate and
conscious as verbal communication. Rather, it is subtle and instinctive.
Non-verbal communication refers to all communication that occurs
without the use of words either spoken or written.
 The verbal components of oral communications carry less than 35
percent of the social meaning of the situation, while more than 65
percent is carried on the non-verbal band.
Main things to be considered while
delivering the presentation :
•Personal Appearance
•Posture
•Gesture
•Facial Expression
•Eye Contact
 Personal appearance plays an important role; people sees you before
they hear you. As you adapt your language to an audience, you should
also dress appositely.
 Appearance includes clothes, hair, jewellery, cosmetics, and so on.
Clothes accent the body’s movements.
 You should expect appearance to be a part of the message you
communicate. You should be clean and well groomed, conforming to the
need of the presentation.
 Appearance communicate how we feel about ourselves and how we
want to be viewed.
 Postures generally refers to the way we hold ourselves
when we stand, sit, or walk. Novice speakers are unsure of
what to do with their body.
 Truly, what ones speaks is very important but what you do
just before you begin and after you have finished is equally
important.
 You need to analyse the effects of the body shape and
posture to understand their role in non-verbal
communication. Standing, sitting, or walking in a relaxed
way is a positive posture, which will encourage questions
and discussion.
 Seeing is believing; so be and appear at ease.
 Neither remain static nor fidget. Move occasionally to
hold attention, suggest transitions, and increase
emphasis.
The way you sit, stand, or walk reveals a lot about you:
 Slumped postures---low spirits
 Erect posture---high spirits, energy, and confidence
 Lean forward---open, honest, and interested
 Lean backward---defensive or disinterested
 Crossed arms---defensive and not ready to listen
 Uncrossed arms---willingness to listen
 Gestures is the movement made by hands, arms, shoulders, head, and torso. A well-timed gesture not
only drives a point home but also enhances the impact and adds the greater value to what is being
said.
 Similarly, an ungainly gesture (like playing with your key chain or button) can mar the effectiveness
of the message. Gestures clarify your ideas or reinforce them and should be well suited to the
audience and occasion.
 Gestures are more numerous than any forms of non-verbal communication, and the meanings
attached to them are diverse.
 Gestures should not diverse the attention of the listener and distract from your message. Your
gestures should be quite natural and spontaneous. Gestures can roughly be divided into following:
1. Enumerative---numbers
2. Descriptive---size of the objects
3. Symbolic---abstract objects
4. Locative---location of the object
5. Emphatic---emphasis
 Along with postures and gestures, facial expressions also play an important part.
The face is the most expressive part of your body. A smile stands for friendliness, a
frown for discontent, raised eyebrows for disbelief, tightened jaw muscles for
antagonism, etc.
 The face rarely sends a single message at a time. Instead it sends a series of
messages---your facial expressions may show anxiety, recognition, hesitation, and
pleasure in quick succession.
 People tend to hide their true feelings and reveal only those expressions required at
a particular movement.The five basic expressions are as follows:
1. Inhibited---restricted and stolid
2. Uninhibited---spontaneous and impetuous
3. Substitute---happy with long face
4. Frozen---no change in expression
5. Blank---no expression at all
 The eyes are considered to be the windows of the soul. You look to the
eyes of a speaker to help find out the truthfulness of his speech, his
intelligence, attitudes, and feelings. Eye contact is a direct and
powerful form of non-verbal communication. You use your eyes to cull
information. Your eyes are a rich source of feedback.
 Looking direct at listeners builds rapport. In the professional world you
should make personal and pleasant eye contact with the listeners. It is
not only that you should look at the audience, how you look at them
also counts.
 Your eye contact shows your intensity and elicits a feeling of trust. Your
eyes should convey the message, “I am pleased to talk with you, believe
deeply in what I am saying”.
Ways to improve body language
 Try and videotape your presentation. Play it back
and identify one aspect of your body language you
want to improve. After more rehearsal, record this
part again and see if there is any improvement.
 You can also practise in front of a mirror to
improve on facial expressions.
 After this process, If you are confident then invite
a friend to watch your performance.
 Ask him for comments on aspects of your body
language that are good or improving.
-Nishit Karkar

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Body language

  • 1. G.H.PATEL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Name: Nishit D. Karkar Enrollment No. : 160110120024 ID No. :16MC067 Branch: Mechatronics Batch: 1D20 Semester: 1st Course Title: Communication Skills Course Code: 2110002 Topic: Importance of BODY LANGUAGE while delivering a Presentation Acadamic Year: 2016-17{odd} “Nobility and Dignity; Self abasement and Servility, Insolence and Vulgarity, are reflected in the Face And in the Attitude of the Body whether Still or in Motion.” -SOCRATES (greek philosopher)
  • 2. Body Language What is BODY LANGUAGE ???  Body language is a language in which physical behavior, as opposed to words, is used to express feelings. Such behavior includes every aspect of your appearance, from what you wear, how you stand, look, and move, to your facial expressions, and physical habits such as Nodding your head, jingling change in your pocket, or pulling your necktie. Your use of Space & Gestures are other key concerns. Body language exists in both animals and humans. It is also known as kinesics.  Body language is a vital form of communication, which can make or break your presentation. It is an essential part of emotional intelligence, which can help you bond with another person, a small group or a large audience. Non- verbal communication is so powerful it can reinforce your verbal message or contradict it.
  • 3.  The non-verbal part of an oral presentation is not as deliberate and conscious as verbal communication. Rather, it is subtle and instinctive. Non-verbal communication refers to all communication that occurs without the use of words either spoken or written.  The verbal components of oral communications carry less than 35 percent of the social meaning of the situation, while more than 65 percent is carried on the non-verbal band.
  • 4. Main things to be considered while delivering the presentation : •Personal Appearance •Posture •Gesture •Facial Expression •Eye Contact
  • 5.  Personal appearance plays an important role; people sees you before they hear you. As you adapt your language to an audience, you should also dress appositely.  Appearance includes clothes, hair, jewellery, cosmetics, and so on. Clothes accent the body’s movements.  You should expect appearance to be a part of the message you communicate. You should be clean and well groomed, conforming to the need of the presentation.  Appearance communicate how we feel about ourselves and how we want to be viewed.
  • 6.  Postures generally refers to the way we hold ourselves when we stand, sit, or walk. Novice speakers are unsure of what to do with their body.  Truly, what ones speaks is very important but what you do just before you begin and after you have finished is equally important.  You need to analyse the effects of the body shape and posture to understand their role in non-verbal communication. Standing, sitting, or walking in a relaxed way is a positive posture, which will encourage questions and discussion.  Seeing is believing; so be and appear at ease.
  • 7.  Neither remain static nor fidget. Move occasionally to hold attention, suggest transitions, and increase emphasis. The way you sit, stand, or walk reveals a lot about you:  Slumped postures---low spirits  Erect posture---high spirits, energy, and confidence  Lean forward---open, honest, and interested  Lean backward---defensive or disinterested  Crossed arms---defensive and not ready to listen  Uncrossed arms---willingness to listen
  • 8.  Gestures is the movement made by hands, arms, shoulders, head, and torso. A well-timed gesture not only drives a point home but also enhances the impact and adds the greater value to what is being said.  Similarly, an ungainly gesture (like playing with your key chain or button) can mar the effectiveness of the message. Gestures clarify your ideas or reinforce them and should be well suited to the audience and occasion.  Gestures are more numerous than any forms of non-verbal communication, and the meanings attached to them are diverse.  Gestures should not diverse the attention of the listener and distract from your message. Your gestures should be quite natural and spontaneous. Gestures can roughly be divided into following: 1. Enumerative---numbers 2. Descriptive---size of the objects 3. Symbolic---abstract objects 4. Locative---location of the object 5. Emphatic---emphasis
  • 9.  Along with postures and gestures, facial expressions also play an important part. The face is the most expressive part of your body. A smile stands for friendliness, a frown for discontent, raised eyebrows for disbelief, tightened jaw muscles for antagonism, etc.  The face rarely sends a single message at a time. Instead it sends a series of messages---your facial expressions may show anxiety, recognition, hesitation, and pleasure in quick succession.  People tend to hide their true feelings and reveal only those expressions required at a particular movement.The five basic expressions are as follows: 1. Inhibited---restricted and stolid 2. Uninhibited---spontaneous and impetuous 3. Substitute---happy with long face 4. Frozen---no change in expression 5. Blank---no expression at all
  • 10.  The eyes are considered to be the windows of the soul. You look to the eyes of a speaker to help find out the truthfulness of his speech, his intelligence, attitudes, and feelings. Eye contact is a direct and powerful form of non-verbal communication. You use your eyes to cull information. Your eyes are a rich source of feedback.  Looking direct at listeners builds rapport. In the professional world you should make personal and pleasant eye contact with the listeners. It is not only that you should look at the audience, how you look at them also counts.  Your eye contact shows your intensity and elicits a feeling of trust. Your eyes should convey the message, “I am pleased to talk with you, believe deeply in what I am saying”.
  • 11. Ways to improve body language  Try and videotape your presentation. Play it back and identify one aspect of your body language you want to improve. After more rehearsal, record this part again and see if there is any improvement.  You can also practise in front of a mirror to improve on facial expressions.  After this process, If you are confident then invite a friend to watch your performance.  Ask him for comments on aspects of your body language that are good or improving.