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Body Language: remove barriers

More on body language:

Several body parts can be seen as barriers or discouragers of comunication. Time and again, we are told that crossing our hands over our chest says clearly- we are not interested in listening or we are not interested in engaging with you.

The thumb rule is to take away anything that blocks your view or looks like a barrier between us and the rest of the team. Even during a coffee break, one can be aware that we may create a barrier by holding our cup or glass in such a way that seems deliberately, to block our body or create a distance from others.

A senior executive is quoted a saying that he could evaluate his team’s comfort by how high they held their coffee cups. He observed that the more insecure a team-member or a new-comer felt, the higher they held their coffee.

People with their hands held at waist level were supposed to be more comfortable than those with hands chest high. I take most of these myths with a pinch of salt. What do you think? Any experiences to share?

TOUCH:

Touch is a more powerful tool.

A study on handshakes by the Income Center for Trade Shows showed that people are two times more likely to remember us, if we shake hands with them. They also found that people react to those with whom they shake hands by being more open and friendly. They explain it as follows: Touch is the most primitive and powerful nonverbal cue. Touching someone on the arm, hand, or shoulder for as little as 1/40 of a second creates a human bond.

SMILE:

Smile is another powerful body tool to build rapport and enable friendly co-operative behavior When you smile at someone, they almost always smile in return. And, because facial expressions trigger corresponding feelings, the smile you get back actually changes that person’s emotional state in a positive way.

MIRRORING:

Mirroring or taking similar expressions or postures as the other person builds rapport and liking. When we mirror other people with intent, it can be an important part of building rapport and nurturing feelings of mutuality. Mirroring starts by observing a person’s facial and body gestures and then subtly letting your body take on similar expressions and postures. Doing so will make the other person feel understood and accepted.

VOICE DOWN:

Have you noticed, when somebody lowers his voice, speaking with clear, even pitch, one pays attention. To sound authoritative, keep your voice down. This tip comes from a Speech Therapist. He advised that before a speech or an important call, he lets his voice relax into its optimal pitch by keeping his lips together and making the sounds “um hum, um hum, um hum.”

We females, have to watch out for our voice not to rise at the ends of sentences- this may indicate a question or seeking approval. He says, “when stating your opinion, use the authoritative arc, in which your voice starts on one note, rises in pitch through the sentence and drops back down at the end.” Excellent advice, I think. More on voice language for collaborative work in the forthcoming posts.

Don’t miss the following the History Channel documentary on body language:

More on Multiple Intelligences Quiz

I was struggling to demystify Multiple Intelligences in words, and checked how others have done it.

Thats when I found this video, thank you Mr. Thompson.

Once we have found out what are our strengths or strong Intelligences, we can use certain types of learning and working experiences to strengthen them. There is an insightful MI Immerson SURFAQUARIUM designed by Walter McKenzie:

AppMom MISurfarium

So a Linguistic Smart person like me can develop myself in multiple ways:

I can develop my poet intelligence writing Haiku

OR

As an interpreter or story reteller as in:

http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/childrn/cbhp.html

OR

Use GarageBand on an iPhone or MixCraft for PCs and audioblog.

OR

Engage with the voicethread community

OR

Use WizIQ or YouTube and Podcast

I cannot help sharing this video about someone who knows her strength:

Time for me to explore all of these. So many possibilities!!! To energize myself, Anthony Robbins’ video on Top Right Hand Corner is enough.

How about you? What type of Intelligences are you working on?

More on Multiple Intelligences Quiz

Multiple Intelligences Test that you can use.

Here is a video on MI or Multiple Intelligences for us mere mortals:) I took the MI test and watched this video before I used the MI Surfarium to set my goals and activities towards those goals. You can try the same strategy.

I was struggling to demystify Multiple Intelligences in words, and checked how others have done it.

Thats when I found this video, thank you Mr. Thompson.

Once we have found out what are our strengths or strong Intelligences, we can use certain types of learning and working experiences to strengthen them. There is an insightful MI Immerson SURFAQUARIUM designed by Walter McKenzie:

AppMom MISurfarium

So a Linguistic Smart person like me can develop myself in multiple ways:

I can develop my poet intelligence writing Haiku

OR

As an interpreter or story reteller as in:

http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/childrn/cbhp.html

OR

Use GarageBand on an iPhone or MixCraft for PCs and audioblog.

OR

Engage with the voicethread community

OR

Use WizIQ or YouTube and Podcast

I cannot help sharing this video about someone who knows her strength:

Time for me to explore all of these. So many possibilities!!! To energize myself, Anthony Robbins’ video on Top Right Hand Corner is enough.

How about you? What type of Intelligences are you working on?

Lets share Online Learning Websites…that I use for kids

Hope we can share best learning websites and create an academy

Hope we can share best learning websites and create an academy

Lets offer on the platter….

We plan to build an online or virtual library of Online learning websites (and later Tab/ Mobile Apps). In the long-term, it could become a self-learning library based broadly on say, the CBSE or ICSE curriculum or learning say, English or French or other language skills that a 10 yr old should ideally have.

Just adding links right now…will later add benefits that kids have experienced using them:

http://in.ixl.com/math/

http://www.merlot.org/merlot/materials.htm?category=2612&community=3015

Merlot- Multimedia Educational resources- peer-reviewed by teachers and users

http://bit.ly/1wDv6NK

Youtube playlist on Indian Geography (just a sample)

Do let me know what sites have helped your child in learning curriculum related material.