Anyone who has ever seen a mime perform knows the power of nonverbal communication. Children and animals know just by the tone of the adult voice whether to come close or stay away. A cold-eyed stare by a parent can silence a child who is acting up. And the excited wave of someone greeting a friend at an airport or bus station has unmistakable meaning. So often, nothing need be said and still communication is loud and clear. As a speaker you must master the use of nonverbals to communicate effectively. Let’s review some of the most important nonverbals you should use in your speech.

Eye Contact

The single most important nonverbal in our society is eye contact. It gets drummed in from an early age, “Look me in the eye and tell me the ...

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