Tuesday, June 5, 2007

on facial expression

Facial expression is very much a part of gesture or body language. Some people though do not seem to show any whenever they speak privately with friends or in public. They have what they call "deadpan expression", or a face that never moves during speech. There is nothing more that could kill an otherwise promising speaker than a dead face. It is good to find out early whether you have one or not. How?

Your teacher in school should make this as part of the lesson in discussing communication. Enrolling in a public speaking class should also make you aware of the importance of facial expression as something that reinforces the meaning of what you are saying. Without it, there is really nothing there in the first place. Because when you know and feel every you're saying then it should on your face. How can you convince the audience or make the listeners believe in what you are saying if you sound like you yourself are not convinced of your own platform? Facial expression thus mirrors the truth or falsity of your speech.

Some speakers though do not know how to show their meaning on their faces. This is the purpose of this discussion. To help you make use of your "face" to project the right meaning. You will not only need it when you are up on stage delivering a speech but in all your day-to-day dealings with others. Whether you are convincing someone to hire you or to earn high marks in a class, a large dose of this will do the trick.

In all my many years of teaching, I noticed that all it takes for a "deadpan expression" to come alive is a simple raising of the eyebrows in getting to a point, in emphasizing and in putting across your message. Yes, raising your eyebrows from time to time will make the big difference. In public speaking facial expression does not require more than a raising of the eyebrows. It is different with acting in a play because an actor will have to utilize everything and not just the eyebrows.

Again let me reiterate the value of giving meaning to your speech through the use of facial expression. And this does not take much effort for it only needs the simple raising of the eyebrows.

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