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The Body Never Lies: Nonverbal Cues in PR

April 10, 2015  

We’re all aware of body language and how powerful it is when we communicate on a daily basis. But in the world of PR, it is a strong signal and can provide a certain authenticity when communicating a message.


7%-38%-55% Rule: the relative impact of words, tone of voice, and body language when speaking


Did you know that 55 percent of how we communicate is displayed through non-verbal language? According to researcher Albert Mehrabian, renowned for his studies on verbal and non-verbal communication, people communicate as much as 38 percent of their message through voice (by tone and pitch) and only about 7 percent through the words they speak.


Body language can make the difference between perceived as authentic or deceitful


Humans communicate in a variety of ways: through tone, words, nonverbal behaviour, and touch. What does this mean in the fast-paced, ever changing world of public relations? Practitioners should be clued in to what non-verbal cues mean to listeners — it can make the difference between being authentic or being dismissed as deceitful.


While body language matters in all aspects of communicating on a daily basis, it takes on an even greater importance in the practice of PR—especially when dealing with the media.


Effective media training helps people understand the nuances of public speaking—specifically to the media, and how body language can have an important impact.


In addition to getting prepared for media interviews with key messages, practice your “body language” as well during your rehearsal (yes, you need to rehearse before going on camera, phone, etc.)! Body language is what the audience reads subconsciously while forming their opinions.


Body language tips when preparing for a media interview


With this in mind, here are a few important body language tips:







The bottom line? Being mindful of body language can influence how others perceive you, as well as outcomes.


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