Body Language

We all speak at least two languages. While we’re talking one language, whatever it is, our body is speaking a language of its own. Quite often, our voice and our body are saying two different things.

When I taught live classes for trainers on the assembly line, I taught body language, a great communication device for getting the message across. Yet sometimes, the idea that gets across may not always be the one you intended to send. It’s easier to talk pleasantly than for the body to hide being anxious, or bored, or worried. Yet, body language is essential. People will read the body language before they hear the words.

As we progressed into communicating with email, the ability to read the body language was not there. It made the information sometimes hard to completely understand because we were so used to having body language as a part of our communication.

Today we have video email, also looked at as face-to-face conversations. There are Face Time, Skype, and Zoom, to mention a few. As we move more into video chat and face-to-face meetings over the computer, once again, body language comes to the forefront.

It looks as though we need to be careful about what the body screams while we are softly talking.

What does your body say when you are trying to make a point?

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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