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June 15, 2009


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One good way to better connect with your body language is to play percussion, particularly, in an open forum like group drumming or drum circles. You create and express "rhythm" through a percussion instrument in the same way you use your body in your non-verbal communication. It is termed, "thought intent."

I write, play instruments, and speak on the rhythms of the brain.

Stephen Dolle

David Meerman Scott

@Stephen - Wow! Excellent idea. Thanks for sharing. Never thought about that.


As someone who speaks in front of people quite a bit, I can literally see myself pacing back in forth while I speak. Thanks for the tip on "happy feet."

mark ivey

Good one David. I agree with your coach that you're an excellent story teller, and it's now about working on fine details. One of the hardest techniques for speakers is to pause, create brief tension, and drive home a powerful point, using body language ("...to move on a thought, plant your feet, and deliver to a different segment of the audience – and make it look natural...) Near the end of a speech, I'll often do this and punctuate it verbally, "If you don't remember anything else..."
Thanks for sharing this.

Vince Stevenson

Social media is in. Resist it and you'll be left behind. Rgds Vince

Vince Stevenson

Body language makes up a large percentage of your overall message. When your words, tonal variety and body language combine, you're really hitting the highs of excellent communication. Rgds Vince


This was very helpful. I've performed on stage, but it's a different game when it comes to public speaking. What was also helpful to me was learning that you have a coach, and there are things that you are working on. Makes what we all do a bit more down to earth and accessible. If that makes sense.

Jeff Hurt

Good points on body language and delivery style. Here's another great resource from Corinne Weisgerber (http://twiter.com/corinnew), a professor at St. Edward's University, that shows video clips illustrating effective and ineffective public speaking practices: CommCoach http://myweb.stedwards.edu/corinnew/commcoach/. It's a great resource for anybody that wants to improve their oral presentation skills.

Bazil Osevin

Love what you say about body language. Everyone tells me I use my body when I talk, I am actually trying to tone it down.

Pandora Bracelet

I'd be interested in hearing. The TOS seems rather clear that it is not unless expressly approved by Amazon. I guess if the library got it in writing then they would be ok.

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