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Self observation will show which gestures look natural and
which ones do not. Trust yourself. Work on conveying emotion
through physical expression. Learn to show natural enthusi-
asm, confidence, anger, concern, and sympathy.

Facial Expressions

While 55% of "message believability" is transmitted by your
body, most of this is communicated by your head - specifically,
through your eyes, eyebrows and mouth.
     Facial expressions can make a world of difference. Think
of the last time someone told you they were not upset and you
didnít believe them.
     Our moods and feelings are easily observed through our
body signals. The impact of your gestures and facial state-
ments is immense. Learn to use them more. But be careful that
they appear natural to your listeners.
     Abraham Lincoln once said that, by the age of forty, a
person is totally responsible for the look on his/her face. At first
glance that sounded strange to me. Abe himself didnít look
terribly happy. But he was right. Years of worrying and
unhappiness result in wrinkles. The muscles in your face will
get used to frowning if you do not exercise them by smiling.
Your eyes will slowly shrink if you do not brighten them up
with positive thoughts.
     The combination of your mouth, eyes and eyebrows can
result in an infinite variety of expressions to go with your
words. Practice in front of a mirror or videotape repeating the
same phrases with different expressions and pronunciations.
     For example, try "When the going gets tough, the tough
get going!" Change your facial expressions with practice.
Refine and integrate them into your next presentation.

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