Words and Actions: Learning How to Better Understand Body Language & Cues
People react to situations with small almost unnoticed expression (micro-expressions), hand gestures, and posture. Most of us are not even aware of them. However, what we do with our body language has a huge impact on other people and how they interpret and perceive us. Body language happens when we are doing something. We could be sitting, standing or walking. We could be talking or thinking. Body language is often an involuntary (not on purpose) reaction to something perceived by one of the five senses. Our minds are very good at reading the intent of people who we encounter. And when they’re talking at us, we unconsciously compare words and body language. When they match, we get the communication. When they don’t match, we believe the body language. We are going to use this workshop to help us better understand facial expressions and other body language cues to help us better understand how someone might be feeling. This will also help us be more aware of our won body language.
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