Good communication is the foundation of successful relationships, both personally and professionally. But we communicate with much more than words. In fact, research shows that the majority of our communication is nonverbal. Nonverbal communication, or body language, includes our facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, and even the tone of our voice.
Nonverbal communication, or body language, is a vital form of communication. When we interact with others, we continuously give and receive countless wordless signals. All of our nonverbal behaviors—the gestures we make, the way we sit, how fast or how loud we talk, how close we stand, how much eye contact we make—send strong messages.
The way you listen, look, move, and react tell the other person whether or not you care and how well you’re listening. The nonverbal signals you send either produce a sense of interest, trust, and desire for connection—or they generate disinterest, distrust, and confusion.
It takes more than words to create fulfilling, strong relationships. Nonverbal communication has a huge impact on the quality of our relationships.
Public speaking or a presentation is often cited as one of the biggest fears among people.
What might the most common Presentation Skills issue be?
The fact that for most people, even experienced presenters, getting up and presenting in front of an audience can be a terrifying and even phobic experience.
Yes! The number one phobia that most people share is making a presentation; speaking in front of a group of other people: colleagues, strangers, it doesn’t seem to matter – it’s scary.
Many presenters have no idea of what can be achieved. Most of us know the power of an audience.
It is often the rather unnerving experience of being on the receiving end of twenty pairs of eyes looking at us in polite silence as if to say “Yes? … So?”..It takes a little courage, but the rewards are enormous.
Find a “Hook” for your next presentation
How do you distinguish yourself from other speakers so audience members will not forget you? You don’t want to blend in with other speakers so that neither your message nor you are remembered. A major way to remain unforgettable to an audience is a “hook:” something unique about you or an uncommon approach to a common subject.
For me “the hook” is the auction.
– We can distinguish between critical reading and critical thinking in the following way:
Critical reading is a technique for discovering information and ideas within a text.
Critical thinking is a technique for evaluating information and ideas, for deciding what to accept and believe. In actual practice, critical reading and critical thinking work together.
Critical thinking allows us to monitor our understanding as we read. If we sense that assertions are ridiculous or irresponsible (critical thinking), we examine the text more closely to test our understanding (critical reading).
Conversely, critical thinking depends on critical reading. You can think critically about a text (critical thinking), after all, only if you have understood it (critical reading). We may choose to accept or reject a presentation, but we must know why. We have a responsibility to ourselves, as well as to others, to isolate the real issues of agreement or disagreement. Only then can we understand and respect other people’s views.
The SQ3R strategy employs five stages when reading a passage of text.
SQ3R is a useful technique for fully absorbing written information. It helps creating a good mental framework of a subject, into which you can fit facts correctly.
Survey the document: scan the contents, introduction, chapter introductions and chapter summaries to pick up a shallow overview of the text. Form an opinion of whether it will be of any help.
Make a note of any questions on the subject that come to mind, or particularly interest you following your survey.
Now read the document. Read through useful sections in detail, taking care to understand all the points that are relevant.
Once you have read appropriate sections of the document, run through it in your mind several times.
Once you have run through the exercise of recalling the information, you can move on to the stage of reviewing it.
Personal Development is about continually building upon personal knowledge.Good listening and note taking skills are the keys to successful studying.
Personal Development will help you to acquire the confidence within to inspire self assurance and the motivation to succeed in all areas of your life. Both individuals and organisations benefit when employees are aware of their full potential and can use their interpersonal skills to achieve successful communications in all dealings with other people.
For e.g. :
Communication: – verbal, written, electronic, visual, audio, and non-verbal.
Writing Skills:- solving in paragraph and sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Oral Presentation:- preparation and delivery
Preparation – identification of audience profile, attitudes, needs…
Delivery- importance of balancing spontaneity with prepared material, deciding whether to use notes, script or deliver off-hand.
Listening intently combined with clearly laid out notes helps with study, assignments, reading comprehension, and exam preparation.