Non-Verbal Communication Element #2 –
We’ve heard expressions like; “I can read his face”, or, “The expression on her face told the whole story.”
Those expressions are correct! The ways our face expresses emotion are varied, but the interpretations are pretty much universal.
The first, and most important Facial expression is – a Smile!
A Smile definitely is universal. It makes people feel liked and gives the impression you care about them.
A Smile can instantly put people, including your audience, at ease.
It conveys warmth. It’s a powerful expression that communicates friendliness no matter what language people speak or where they come from.
It can also, almost instantly, make you feel better and ease any tension you might have. (Keep this in mind when the butterflies in your stomach start flying.)
I refer to a smile as a Non-Physical Hug. Here’s the analogy: One of the neat things about a hug: When you give one – you get one right back! The same results often come with smiling.
Smiling translates into happiness, and it’s contagious!
Of course, other expressions can be made with your face. These can involve more than just your mouth and eyes.
Take a few moments, please, and picture the following expressions in your mind’s eye.
Better yet, stand in front of a mirror and make your face express these emotions:
- Tastes Good!
Interesting, isn’t it, how much we can communicate without saying a word?
Other facial expressions, often involuntary, include:
- Yawning – sleepy, bored
- Pursing lips – to hold back emotion
- Tearing up and crying – Emotion
- Sweating – feeling uneasy
- Blushing – embarrassed, ill at ease
- Raising eyebrows – surprised, shocked
And . . . ‘with a wink and a nod’ we can easily convey a message to those we’re communicating with.