A Facilitator’s Body Language Can Say More in Meetings Than Words
The Body Language of Facilitation
As many of us begin to get back into ‘in person’ meetings, we thought it would be a great time to revisit the importance of body language in the art and science of effective meeting facilitation. It’s essential that facilitators know how to read participants’ body language and to project the right attitudes back to the group.
According to a Forbes article, our ability to read others based on expression, posture, and movements is built into our DNA: it’s how our early ancestors instinctively gauged situations and prepared to fly or fight.1 Nevertheless, not all of us have finely tuned gut instincts when it comes to social situations, so here are some research-based tips on how to positively captivate your crowd:
Becoming an expert at both reading and using body language allows facilitators to identify and influence the pulse of the group. While it’s unlikely that most of us can reach the level of expertise shown on TV, knowing more about how our bodies reveal and project attitudes and feelings might just help many of you light the way through a diversity of meeting challenges.
1 Nick Morgan, “How Speakers Can Use Body Language to Increase Their Success with Audiences,” Forbes, 8 May 2014.
2 “Body Language Tips for Meeting Facilitators,” Stormboard, 17 June 2019.
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