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comm 113preparation outline -- body language

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Connor Blair Oct. 5 2007 Preparation Outline: BODY LANGUAGE Specific purpose: To inform my audience on the importance of body language in our communication. Central Idea: Body language is a specific type of nonverbal communication, has real life applicability, and learning to control your own and understand others’ body language gives one a significant advantage in all aspects of life. Intro: I. You may have heard of the old saying, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it”. However, I’ll bet nobody understood just how true this statement is. II. Neither did I until last summer I read a book on the importance of body language III. Today, it is my pleasure to inform everybody of what body language is, how it is applicable in our everyday lives, and how mastering puts us at a distinct advantage. (Transition) To begin, let’s start with answering the question of what exactly body language is. Body: I. Body Language is a language without spoken words or noises, it is extremely prevelant in human communication, and is culturally diverse. A) Biology-Online.org defines body language as transmission of emotions , ideas , and attitudes between individuals in ways other than the spoken language . 1) Body language is expressed in a multitude of ways: with posture, facial expressions, eye contact, proximity (distance between people), hand or body gestures, touch, and appearance (dress and groom) 2) It is not words, grunts, vocal tones, and other noises. 3) Body Language is used most often to express a feeling or emotion. In fact we are able to, and regularly do, express any feeling or emotion we have through our body’s language. 4) Body Language is also continuous and subconscious. Whether we like it or not, we are always expressing our feelings and emotions in ways we often
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Connor Blair Oct. 5 2007 times aren’t even aware of. Our bodies are constantly communicating whether we want them to or not. B) Body language is important in human communication because of its prevalence in it. 1) 55% of how we communicate is through body language 33% our vocal tone and 7% actual words. This directly relates to the old adage “Its not what you say, its how you say it!” 2) Present day communication is like this because of evolution. Humans have not always had a consistent, understandable, cogent language like we have today. At one point tone and body language were all humans had to communicate with. i) And even though we have complicated and precise languages today body language
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