The acclaimed film, The Artist, has focused attention on the many ways we communicate without speaking. At its best, silent cinema reminds us that non-verbal communication can be extraordinarily compelling. If anything, such communication may all the more striking in our noisy, talkative time.
Have you noticed the power of non-verbal communication in your life and work?
Over the course of the coming week, experiment with non-verbal communication. Consciously use your facial signals and body language in place of words.
In some situations, this could point toward economical modes of expression: a raised eyebrow here, a slight smile there, a targeted glance somewhere else. It might also include the thoughtful use of silence.
In other situations it may mean exaggerated, unnatural gestures, aimed for a specific effect.
Experiment for a Week
This exercise may prompt you to become aware of, and sometimes break, longstanding habits in informal conversation or public speaking. It may enhance your body consciousness more generally–and help you become more observant of your own and others’ physicality.
Extensive research confirms what common sense suggests: non-verbal communication can be at least as important as verbal communication.
Given the centrality of communication to effective service of all kinds, this can be consequential in the evolution of your contribution.