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Being a good communicator requires more than just verbal skills and the ability to manage stress. Often,
what you say is less important than
how you say it, or the other
nonverbal signals you send out—the gestures you make, the way you sit,
how fast or how loud you talk, how close you stand, or how much eye
contact you make. In order to hold the attention of others and build
connection and trust, you need to be aware of, and in control of, this
body language. You also need to be able to accurately read and respond
to the nonverbal cues that other people send you.
These messages don’t stop when someone stops
speaking. Even when you’re silent, you’re still communicating
nonverbally. Think about what you are transmitting as well, and if what
you say matches what you feel. If you insist, “I’m fine," while
clenching your teeth and looking away, your body is clearly signaling
the opposite. Your nonverbal messages can produce a sense of interest,
trust, excitement, and desire for connection—or they can generate fear,
confusion, distrust, and disinterest.
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