Read and respond to your peers’ postings. In your responses to others, suggest constructive ways that your classmate might use the information in the readings to enhance his or her delivery skills in upcoming speaking situations. Each reply should be at least 100 words in length and should provide a thoughtful response; simple agreement with or support of a classmate’s post does not count as a response.
Peer One- Isabell
One of my strongest non verbal communication habits is eye contact because this way I can connect with my audience. By doing eye contact I can perceive if my audience is engage or getting the message through their facial expressions. During my presentations I like to make eye contact with my audience and see if they are still interested in what I am saying. When I find my audience wandering I like to ask questions and keep them engage. Another non verbal communication asset I have is my voice tone. Through my voice tone I can make emphasis on certain things, which I know are more important to get my message deliver. As in the book of Public Speaking The Virtual book remarks, non verbal communication is a way to keep your audience engage by incorporating transitions, making a brief pause or moving across the stage.
In addition, non verbal communication is a way you make a first impression. When you go to an interview the way you present yourself is one of the most important things interviewers notice first. Dressing appropriately for the interview and looking clean is one of the things that gets you the job or not. A person can have a outstanding experience but if that person does not dress for the job, the interviewer would think he or she is not professional enough. Therefore, dressing correctly for a presentation makes the presenter more believable, thus the audience will be more engage.
My nonverbal communication habits that I feel that will be assets in my next speech, are eye contact and body language such as hand gestures. The use of eye contact helps me focus on others in the audience and maintain their attention as well as minimize any communication apprehension (CA) I may be experiencing. Eye contact also helps to gauge my audience’s emotions and body language. If I notice they are drifting away or totally distracted, or confused it’s an indicator that I may need to incorporate additional measures, like voice reflection, moving around the room or even hand gestures.
Hand gestures help me either to draw attention to a power point, stress a point, or to show excitement to engage the audiences’ attention and focus. I typically put keep my hands in front of me, and slightly touch the tips of my figures together. Slightly touching the tips of my figures together helps me minimize communication apprehension and helps me focus on the points that I want to convey. When opening my hands, I do so with palms facing upward, which can help build trust with the audience (McGregor and Tan, 2015). One nonverbal communication habit that I noticed while watching my first video that might under mind my verbal message is my posture. While I use good posture, I think I over emphasize it. By that I mean I may appear to my audience as being too “stiff” meaning too serious, and not relaxed. Another area that may undermine my verbal message is my facial expressions. While I do smile, I need to utilize other facial expressions to show excitement. In summary, I need to relax, relax, relax.