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Non-Verbal Communication: The Secret to Public Speaking Success


                In different settings where messages are exchanged, a more impactful message to the receivers is embellished by non-verbal expressions. With the addition of non-verbal actions, the message delivery will be more impactful on the emotions of the audience and an image of confidence and passion within the message will be delivered. Non-verbal communication is just as important as the words in the message being delivered. A heighten amount of emotion or appeal to the topic will impact the recipients understanding of the point you are making. Non-verbal communication involves the utilization of facial changes, pauses, eye contact, gestures, movements and variations of tone, pitch, and volume. Facial management techniques are controlling the expressions we reveal to others in the form of eyebrow and forehead muscle use, eye contact, mouth (emotions of happiness, sadness, etc.) and posture (Gamble, 126). For example, if a person is giving a persuasive speech on the benefits of cardiovascular exercise to the body, mind, and social interactions; they will want to use facial management techniques to draw emotional appeal while presenting facts or a story that pertains to the topic. This can be successfully done by using gestures to explain how cardio exercise can lower blood pressure and cholesterol; the speaker could use a flat hand, palm down motioning to the ground to emphasize the point of lowering unhealthy body conditions.

                If a topic is interesting and meaningful to the presenter, with practice and use of non-verbal communication, the audience will be focused on the speech. Half of the battle of public speaking is the message and information about a topic and the other half is the delivery of the topic to the audience. Public speaking skills can be gained with the preparation of credible information into a presentable outline and practicing the speech with non-verbal actions will definitely produce a more confident speaker.


Gamble T. and Gamble M. (2010). Communication Works. New York, NY. McGraw-Hill Publication.  

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