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Tag: Non verbal communication

Communication Skills and the 55 Percent

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I didn’t really say everything I said. – Yogi Berra It’s been a while since I’ve gotten back to basics so I’m refreshing one of my early blogs that really hones in on that.  It all starts with this: successful communication is a package deal. It’s in the words you speak, in the tone of your voice and in the language of your body. One study conducted at UCLA found that the impact of communication is: 7% = words spoken/written + 38% = percent tone of voice + 55% = percent body language  Let’s talk about the 55 percent If most of

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Good Communication Starts by Changing Three Things

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The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field or endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi I really like this quote – it reminds me that to be excellent in an area of your life you have to choose excellence and be totally committed to it.  Like the kid kissing the pig, you have to be all in. Most relationships struggle with communication in some way.  Quite simply, when we are communicating well with someone, things go so much better than when we aren’t. A personal commitment to strive for better communication is

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Go ahead, Smile!

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The truth about smiling: communication at it’s best Smiling can be a powerful communication tool. And, many studies have concluded that smiles come with lots of unexpected benefits. Here are a few smile facts you may not know: Smiling has been proven to make you appear more friendly, approachable, confident and competent. A genuine smile is contagious.  When you are smile, you’ll instantly make 25% of your friends happier and 10% of their friends happier. Your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live – an average of 7 years longer than non-smilers. We were born to smile.

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5 Ways to Make a Good First Impression

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  Most of us don’t think too much about the first impressions we are communicating unless the stakes are high, like a job interview or meeting people you view as important. But, we really should pay more attention every time we meet someone for the first time. The rapport you can gain by making a good first impression will make the difference as to whether or not you are seen as credible, trustworthy, professional, and competent. It will also save a lot of make-up time later. And, you don’t have much time at all. Studies done at NYU found that we

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Improve your communication by faking it

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Communication can be hard.  And, we need all the tips we can get. Here’s one that’s simple to do and scientifically proven to work. Here it is: you can improve your communication with someone by smiling. Even if it’s forced, studies show that changing your facial expression will change your mood.  Yep, you can improve your mood by faking it! One study found that participants who were instructed to make certain faces created biological changes. In other words, they changed their emotions by changing their facial expression.  When told to make an angry face they experienced increased blood flow to

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10 Most Common Body Language Mistakes

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If you are like most people, you aren’t all that aware of your body language and the unintentional signals we send. We are pretty good at noticing it others, but in ourselves, not so much. Consequently, we can make some pretty common mistakes that can give off the wrong signal. Why does it matter? Because your body language says a lot about you. It makes up over 50% of your communication message! Wow. Good body language can make a huge difference in the connection you make when you communicate. On the other side, body language mistakes can create some major

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Why are you staring at me like that?

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If you ask your friend, “What’s wrong?” and she shrugs her shoulders, frowns, turns away and mutters, “Oh, nothing.” You probably don’t believe her words. You believe something is bothering her because of her body language, right? Your body language, also known as your non verbal communication, says more for you than you may think. Your body movements, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, posture, even how much distance you put between yourself and the other person communicates for you whether you intend it or not. Your body language speaks for you Incredibly, your body language is responsible for more than

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