Body Language

Recently we have been discussing how to become an emphatic listener. However,  notably a huge amount of communication is done through body language.

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If 80% of what we say is communicated through our body – it does well to remember how we hold ourselves when communicating with someone.


A big one for those who communicate while sitting down these are a few postures which may give away how you’re feeling without you realising. (Especially at parent teacher meetings!)

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Are you at fault of any of the above?

If so here a few tips on how to have positive open posture

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  1. Maintain eye contact – but be careful not to stare.
  2. Beware of blinking too much – it may communicate that you are uncomfortable or nervous about the conversation topic.
  3. To increase participation in a conversation, look like you’re interested!
  4. Smile
  5. Don’t cross your arms and legs!
  6. Nod when your talking.
  7. Lean in but not too close – remember personal space when talking to someone!
  8. Mirror the language that people use when talking to them – it shows your listening and allows them to reflect on what they have been talking about as well.
  9. Have confidence – don’t look nervous – it will come across as disinterested.
  10. Keep your head up high.



If you want to know learn more here a few readings to start you off:

  1. James Bong, Body Language: 7 Easy Lessons to Master the Silent Language (Peasrson Education: Sep, 2009)
  2. Patti Wood, Snap: Makinig the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma. (New World Library , 2012)

Roundtable: The Last Thing I Read that Moved Me

Words are as powerful as you want them to be. They can be harsh. They can be kind. They don’t have to be complex. They are what you want it to be!

Great resource to highlight how words can have an impact on you and the people surrounding you. When teaching remember your words can have an influence on the person who you are teaching. Keep passionate about your subject and that will shine through your teaching and work!

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Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or a recent graduate of Blogging 101, chances are you spend quite a bit of time reading. You might be browsing the Reader regularly for new blogs to follow, digging into your favorite author’s latest release, or doing some research for your next post.

Whatever the source, I’m sure we all experience — and savor — those moments when we’re pulled out of the flow of reading by something unexpectedly powerful: a memorable turn of phrase, a heartwarming or gut-wrenching anecdote told particularly well, a story that, for some reason, resonates with us and with what we’re going through at that moment.

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