24 april 2020
In the previous blog, I talked about eye contact as part of body language.
Moving down the body, today’s topic is: facial expression.
Facial expression is about showing convincing and appropriate emotions.
After all, we don’t want our Prime Ministers to grin as they announce the further spread of coronavirus. Nor do we want to see a sad-faced groom-to-be, announcing his wedding day.
So, appropriate facial expressions contribute to the realism of a situation and thus to making something as real as possible; making it present; to PRESENTING.
On a subconscious level, appropriate facial expressions show your ability to sympathize; they show that you’re a fellow human being. That makes you more reliable, trustworthy and sympathetic than someone just staring blankly at their audience, regardless of the nature of their message.
The good news is: facial expressions can be practised. Often, having a good story helps elicit appropriate body language and facial expressions.
Want to learn more about body language and facial expressions? Stay tuned for the next blog, in which I’ll tell you what to do with your hands.
Meanwhile, feel free to contact me if you need online presentation-skills training now or live training after the corona crisis. Don’t worry about me spamming you forever afterwards, ‘cause I won’t!