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Show Your Emotions, With Your Face!

A good speaker realizes that appropriate facial expressions are an important part of effective communication. Being expressive is a very useful tool in getting your message across as this skill allows you to use less words by showing emotion and sending a message directly to your audience's minds and hearts. In fact, facial expressions are often the key determinant of the meaning behind the message. People watch a speaker's face during a presentation and

when you speak, your face expressions communicate with your audience the most.

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When you are communicating, whether it is in a talk or a conversation, facial expressions are important. If someone pulls a face when drinking orange juice, you can see how sour the orange juice is. And you will almost be able to taste the sourness as well. That is, if the expression fits the taste. This is why facial expression plays a major role in your public speaking skills development. Emotions are transferred through your facial expressions. For example, you can see disgust, bitterness, anger or even happiness. These emotions will be reflected to your audience, basically, as a speaker, you can play with people’s emotions, using your face. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to your facial expressions when delivering a speech on stage or in front a huge crowd.

When you’re talking about something that is exciting, make sure your face is portraying excitement. Smile when you are happy! When you’re talking about something sad, pull up a sad face. Next, of course, when you are talking about something important, show a stern face. Your audience will experience the emotion you are expressing. There are different variations on it, but the age-old maxim is true: "Your face speaks a thousand words." Professional public speakers know how to give their audience a special look, a side-ways glance, or simply a raised eyebrow and they elicit laughter and rapport.

As a public speaker you must be aware of how to use your facial expressions and create ones that work for you. Ultimately, humans are vastly different from one another, everyone has their own style of showing their emotions through their facial expression. It is always important to practice your speech in front of a mirror or record yourself giving the speech. From the video and your reflection, you are able to see which expressions fit your points the best.

Matching your expression to your message can be another tip to maintaining great expression while speaking. Make sure to: Smile! Be aware of any fake, unfriendly, or deadpan expressions you may be making. Start including facial expressions that support your stories and reflect your emotions. You can find some examples of expressions below and what they might mean:

  • arching eyebrows – when you are surprised or questioning

  • frowning – when you are moody, disapproving or concerned.

  • grimacing – when you are fearful, in pain or anxious

  • smiling - when you are happy, pleased with the situation or circumstance. etc. etc.

Most facial expressions are related to emotions. Professional speakers practice their body language and expressions to accompany their stories and make their message memorable, as well as believable. Therefore, start implementing the use of facial expressions in your speech from now on! Ultimately, you will begin to catch your audience attention and deliver your speech effectively.


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