Yes, Body Language Is Important ...There are times when we send mixed messages
… but smiles and hand gestures will not compensate for talking points that are not clear.
Your body talks all the time
Body language comprises gesture, stance, and facial expression. These are all the more important when all eyes of an audience are upon you. When you are presenting, strong, positive body language becomes an essential tool in helping you build credibility, express your emotions, and connect with your listeners. It helps your listeners focus more intently on you and what you’re saying.
There are times when we send mixed messages – we say one thing yet our body language reveals something different. This non-verbal language will affect how we act and react to others, and how they react to us.
Effective body language supports the message and projects a strong image of the presenter. Audiences respond best to presenters whose bodies are alive and energetic. Audiences appreciate movement when it is meaningful and supportive of the message. The most effective movements are ones that reflect the presenter’s personal investment in the message. Body language has a huge effect on all of your personal interactions no matter where they occur or with whom they occur.
What counts more?
Does that mean that body language is more effective and more important than spoken language?
Yes, body language is important but smiles and hand gestures will not compensate for talking points that are not clear Verbal and nonverbal forms of communication are both essential parts of human interaction. Although both forms of communication can be used alone, they work best together.