Actions are Better with Words

Have you ever wondered why you could not understand a speaker’s message? Perhaps it is because the speaker’s verbal and nonverbal communication were not in sync.  This can really confuse an audience! This video focuses on the importance of having your verbal and nonverbal communication complement each other in order to create a presentation that is clear and easy to follow.

WHAT COMMUNICATION QUESTIONS DOES THIS VIDEO ANSWER?

· Why should your actions and your words match up?

· How are leadership and nonverbal communication related?

· Why would a speaker want to practice what he preaches?

· Is it possible to communicate unconsciously?

· How can syncing verbal and nonverbal communication help me in the work place?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Communication is everywhere, but do you know how to effectively communicate? My name is Jill Schiefelbein with Impromptu Guru and these 60 second videos will help you communicate well.

When you’re communicating there’s so much to think about, and a lot of us do communicate unconsciously. I’m going to tell you a conscious communication tip here, and that’s your actions and your words must always be synonymous. That means your actions and your words must match each other if you want to deliver an effective message.

Let me give you a quick example about how this plays out based on a childhood game “Simon Says”. If I tell you to put your hands on your head you’re going to be watching my actions, listening to my words, and be a little confused because clearly my hands aren’t on my head right now. That’s what happens to your audience. That little bit of confusion when you’re saying something with your words, but your nonverbal messaging, your facial expressions, your gestures aren’t matching it.

Most likely too, if you’ve seen examples of poor leadership it’s because their actions are not matching the messaging that’s coming out of their mouth. We want someone to live what they preach, to practice what they preach. That’s what having your actions and words synonymous means.

So get your actions and your words in sync and get ready to communicate effectively.

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