You are preparing to teach a class or give a talk at a conference. Naturally, your main focus is to make sure that what you say is coherent and correct and that any audio-visual aids that you use are well-prepared and cued correctly. But if you focus only on those two aspects, you are overlooking an important third element of public speaking.
It has long been posited that only a small percentage of what we are communicating at any given time involves the actual words we are using - and depending on which research one reads, this "non-verbal" communication accounts for anywhere between 50% - 95% of the information we are constantly interpreting from others.
This communication, obviously, includes that which occurs in the classroom. Non-verbal behaviors, particularly those that are unintentional, can contribute to unintended consequences - for both faculty and students. The crossing or uncrossing of arms; whether one nods, smiles or scowls - all of these, though small in themselves, can actually have quite serious effects on the environment within the class.
At the next UCITE session, we will learn how to be deliberate in one's use of one's body to communicate while also not being self-conscious about it, in a manner that is analogous to how actors perform.
Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).
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