People, when listening to your words, actually interpret most of your message from your nonverbal signals. Nonverbal communication can convey authority and trustworthiness, reinforcing the substance of a meeting or presentation while also promoting positive group connection and interaction.
Managers, women and men in business can spend hours putting together all that is needed for their meetings and presentations; the speech, power points, props, hand outs, etc. but nonverbal communication skills are also very important. So taking some time to work on these skills is recommended during your meeting preparation time.
• How you look
• How you sound during business interaction (including your tone of voice)
• How you move and what gestures you make
• How you use your space
Body language and facial expressions of the speaker account for over 50% of their communication, compared to only 7% of the communication coming from the actual message itself. Needless to say nonverbal communication plays a vital part in delivering value and guaranteeing that everyone in attendance comprehends and remembers the important points made during the meeting.
Nonverbal communication can also help by boosting your authority in the eyes of your audience when running a meeting or a presentation. The way you portray yourself, your use of body language and how you position yourself in relation to others can all convey authority and influence all in attendance.
When you show your entire body it commands authority, so it is suggested that instead of speaking from behind a lectern, stand where everyone can see all of you. Also keep in mind that you can weaken your authority showing any of the following types of nonverbal communication.
• Fidgeting around
• Acting nervous or unsure of yourself
By using a friendly and upbeat conversational tone and standing and moving around with a posture making you appear comfortable and confident you are able to communicate to your audience that you are a trustworthy and accessible leader. Recommended nonverbal communication is using arm and hand gestures that show your palms and wrists during the meeting. This promotes trust much more than keeping your hands and arms by your sides.
Running a business meeting or presentation is not just about public speaking. When you are conducting a meeting, you also should create an environment that encourages participation from your audience. You can achieve this by glancing around the room, making eye contact with everyone while you are speaking. For example, if someone asks you a question and looks only at you while they are talking, look around the room at the other individuals while listening and then responding to him or her, which indicates that you are involving and including everyone into the discussion.