Understanding Body Language: Communicate with Confidence and Clarity
With Gina Barnett
November 4, 2017
In this fun and revealing three-part workshop, we will explore the power of presence, presentation and play for better understanding the messages we send, and to hone our skills for communicating authentically and effectively.
The human body is a communicative system of enormous complexity, designed to send and receive an infinite number of signals. Keen mastery of the body as an instrument—the signals you send as well as the correct interpretation of those received—should be a vital a part of anyone’s professional’s skill set. We will delve into the nuances of these signals, those of others and your own, as they relate to:
- Voice: Pitch, resonance, inflection, pace, volume, melody, placement, tonality, vocabulary, filler, and breath
- Body: Posture, relaxation, hand movement, eye contact, facial expressions, and unconscious physical mannerisms
- Presence: Being in the moment, the rule of the yes, giving up results, empathic listening, and point of view
For content to be credible, it must be clear and concise. Crafting messages that are direct and impactful is a challenge, particularly when dealing with complicated subject matter. Additionally, as one who delivers that content, your voice and body—the instrument that is you—must be in tune with the purpose of delivery and the expectations of your audience. We will cover the critical aspects of look and sound, as well as effective content organization. With a few minutes to design an off-the-cuff presentation, some attendees will have a chance to present and receive real-time, facilitated feedback and tips for improvement.
PLAY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
How we interact with others—listen, contribute, trust our impulses, and collaborate—is often contingent on our ability to play. Play invites us to invent, imagine, risk, and contribute. In a completely safe, non-judgmental environment, this workshop will employ tried-and-true theater games, improvisation techniques, and super-fun physical exercises that will reveal how powerful play can be when employed for problem solving, innovation, perspective shift, and impactful communication. Comfortable attire required; class involves physical movement.
About the Presenter
For the past five years Ms. Barnett has been the senior speaker coach for the TED Conference, helping to hone the messages and perfect the delivery of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” She is currently the speaker coach for TED Institute, coaching leading innovators and thinkers at IBM and Unilever for upcoming corporate TED events. Her book, […]Learn more about Gina Barnett