Confidence, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about communicating our Confidence to other people by using our body language.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Body language is a very powerful tool.  We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.” — Deborah Bull (Dancer, Writer, Broadcaster)

The way we move, the way we stand, our tone of voice, and our facial expressions are all part of our “body language”.  Our body language frequently communicates more to someone than the words we speak.  We can show our confidence to others through our body language.  We can do this by standing up straight, with our head up and our shoulders back, and looking the other person right in the eye.  Speak loudly enough so that the other person can hear you, and clearly enough so that they can understand you.  We should let our hands rest quietly by our sides.  Using this kind of body language also helps us to feel more confidence in ourselves when we are dealing with other people.

Discussion Questions (standing and looking into the mirrors):

  1.  Which way of standing looks more confident to you (shoulders slumped, looking toward the ground;  hands at your sides, looking your reflection in the eye)?
  2.   Do you look more confident with your hands fiddling with your clothes, or with them still?
  3.   Look at yourself in the mirror, and we’re going to say “Good afternoon, how are you?”  The first time, in a soft voice and fast, the second time slower and louder.  Which sounds more confident to you?

Please share your answers to these questions, and your thoughts about Confidence, with our school community by using the form below.

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