In the video Ted Talk, ‘Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are’. Amy Cuddy is arguing that our body language affects how others see us, yet it may change how we see ourself. I agree with Amy, people always say a picture is worth a thousand word. Body language is a way of communication that express our true feelings and emotions with our gestures, facial expressions and posture.
We use our gesture to express ourselves, our thoughts, ideas, emotions. We communicate purposefully through actions like clapping our hands or shrugging our shoulders as well as through unintentional communication like pointing our feet in the opposite direction of the person we are having a conversation with.
Before verbal language was created our body language was the only method of communication. Presenting yourself appropriately will give your audience the first clue of who you are. Projecting a positive body language and making a confident first impression will give others an idea of what kind of person you are.
Yes, verbal communication has the same impact on your self-esteem. Self-esteem is the way people feel about themselves. Our self-esteem is one of the main pieces of our inner being, therefore directly affects our communication with others, and how we process their response towards ourself. We develop self-esteem through how people see and treat us. People usually have more self-esteem when others give positive compliments than people who receive negative compliments. Confidence doesn’t just keep developing, it can also degenerate. We can worsen or improve our self-esteem by the comments we are given.
We can improve our own self-esteem by learning better communication skills and fulfilling our personal goals that make us feel good about ourself.
Verbal communication skill is no less important than body language. Others will determine who and what kind of person you are by the way you sit, talk, use of hand gestures, and how you walk. Body language only allows how others see you; lazy, disorganized, confident and etc. During an interview, body language doesn’t take you far enough. But with verbal communication, it will take you all the way to the finish line. When it comes to taking part in a job interview, clear verbal language communication skills are a crucial quality. It is ineffective to say that you’ve got excellent communication skills if you can’t show them during the interview. Verbal communication is a two-way process, your success in a job interview depends on your ability to get to your points effectively.
Overall, your body language and verbal language works as a team. One can not succeed without the other. Proper movement and gesture while performing or giving a speech on stage will help break the obstacle of unfamiliarity and it helps to configure a better connection with the recipient.
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