Informative Speech : Reading Body Language Essay

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Informative Speech Reading Body Language Introduction I. Fun fact, research shows that whatever we’re feeling shows up in our body first and only nanoseconds later it will enter our conscious mind. II. Today I am going to share with you some basics on reading body language. III. I am a business professional, and I do a good amount of negotiating. Since negotiating is very emotional, being able to read body language is a crucial skill to acquire. This is why I constantly practice and educate myself in this area. IV. I am going to go over: A. Body Movements B. Significance of Distance C. Detecting a lie (Transition: In the book Messages, there are two ways that we communicate non-verbally.) Body I. Body Movements A. “Facial Expression 1. The face is the most expressive part of our body.” (Messages, 62) 2. It can show: Happiness, sadness, frustration, confusion, disbelief, nervousness, and if we’re fabricating a story or recalling a memory B. Gestures 1. “This involves our arms, hands, legs and feet.” (Messages, 63) 2. These parts can express emotion as well such as: defensiveness, comfort, interest, dominance, honesty, submission and much more. C. “Posture 1. This is how you hold yourself.” (Messages, 64) 2. This can tell a lot about your personality and how you feel: Relaxed, bored, interested, confidence and more. (Transition: The second way is….) II. “Distance, the distance we put between ourselves and the other person we’re communicating with is called

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