General on breathing for speakers

General on breathing for speakers

When we speak to an audience, the words we say reflect mainly our thoughts, our body language, the gestures that we make, reflect mainly our feelings. People in an audience listening to a speaker, are more interested in the speaker’s feelings rather than in the speaker’s thoughts. This is why our body language is more important than the words we say.

The focus of this workshop is not on how breathing relaxes a speaker while speaking but rather how we use breathing as a timer for synchronizing body-language gestures.

A “full, 3 stage Yogic breathing” is used as a clock. We inhale through the nose, first inflating the abdomen, then the ribcage and last the chest. Exhaling in reverse order as we speak.
After completing a Full, 3-stage Yogic inhale, our lungs are full, the tempo of our speech is reduced, we have time to gather our thoughts and we allow the audience to digest the information we served on the exhale. This breathing timer can be automated by exercising.

This is how it works.
When we inhale, we focus on authority.  We RESET 6 key body-language gestures, we reset our: facial expression, posture, head gesture, hands gestures, body-motion and eye contact. We do all of these things when we inhale and focus on authority.

When we exhale, saying our words, we focus on friendly and asymmetric gestures with the body. We show that we are more human and even vulnerable.

When inhaling – again authority…

Knowing exactly the 6 RESETTING ACTIONS that we take when we inhale, works as a safety net. As we finish inhaling, we know exactly our facial expression, body-posture, head position, hands position, body location and we know exactly what to do with our eyes.

When a speaker speaks to an audience, members of the audience constantly evaluate the speaker. Every gesture and micro gesture made is evaluated, scored and stored in something like an Excel sheet. The sigma or the column summary, is our presence-score.

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