I had a very interesting meeting this morning, listening to people give a one-minute intro about themselves and their businesses.
As a communication expert, I frequently find that what people intend to say is buried or submerged beneath layers of uncertainty and physical or emotional discomfort. A terrible disconnect occurs when our words are not supported by our faces and our voices and our message is not mirrored in our bodies. When this occurs, the message and the medium become separated. If our message isn’t unified, coherent, and compelling people become confused or lose interest. They tend to doubt or question or may reject what you’re saying outright. We know how precious little time we have to make a genuine connection and fan the flames of their desires.
I had a chance to work with some of the people mentioned above, but only a short time. During our time together they learned some techniques to connect their words and gestures. The meaning of words and our interpretation of them is what drives our gestures.
Speaking without gestures on the one hand can be powerful if your facial expressions are animated, full of life and enthusiastic. This applies when one is recording a video in a close up where we don’t see the hands or the whole body.