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1 Body Speak Lise Fuller

2 How good are your reading skills? The Test (from You're back in high school, and it's three hours past your curfew. You slink back into the house and your mom's standing in the living room. Her crossed arms and tensed jaw tell you how upset she is. The days of high school may be long gone, but the ability to read between people's words is a skill that you'll need for the rest of your life. Even when you're silent, your body is sending signals about your mood and thoughts. Do you know what kind of signals you're sending? Find out now.

3 How good are your reading skills? Answers Remember ~ –Look at WHOLE body & view in context –Look for congruence in words & action –People react based on experiences, enculturation, biology, belief systems and what they know or think they know about you—as well as how you react to them

4 What we’ll look at today Non-verbal basics Writing the non-verbal Applying non-verbal cues to your writing

5 Non-verbal basics ◄Paralanguage ►Kinesics Various studies show over 50% (some even say 90%) of face-to-face communication is non-verbal

6 Non-verbal basics For the writer ~ Hardwired & Sex Reading the five senses Enculturation Across the ages

7 Hardwired & sex Some gestures, esp. facial, are universal across cultures, suggesting that this is part of our DNA Emotion may reside in cells Cause & Effect Men & woman are programmed differently to express emotions & actions

8 Reading the five senses Sight Sound Touch Taste Smell

9 Enculturation Some non verbal is cultural. Some examples include: –Hand signs –Handshakes –Proximity to others –Use of gestures while speaking –Touching –Eye contact

10 Across the ages Different non-verbal signals were used in different times. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Examples: –Use of fan by women –Batting of lashes by women –Kiss of the hand –Roman handshake (they grabbed each other’s wrists) –Bowing –Pace of walking

11 Writing the non-verbal Makes story more tactile, more real Use for putting reader into character’s heads/emotions Use to move story forward Use to enrich character interactions Use as character tags Use power words & phrases What others can you think of?

12 Writing the non-verbal Examples & Analysis

13 Applying non-verbal cues Exercises –Reworking the masters –Your MS

14 Exercise #1 “Their bearing, though not entirely composed, was full of a dignified and submissive indifference which excited the admiration of D’Artagnan….” “[M. de Traville] stopped all at once full in front of them, and looking angrily from head to foot– “‘Do you know what the king said to me,’ cried he, “…do you know…?” ‘“No,” replied the two musketeers, after a moments silence; “no, sir, we do not.” ‘“But I hope that you will do us the honor to tell us,” added Aramis, in his politest tone, and with the most graceful bow. ~ From The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

15 Exercise #2 Then the queen with a look of hatred, gave a shrill laugh and cried, “White as snow, red as blood, and black as ebony! This time the dwarfs will not be able to wake you again!” And when she reached home she asked: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest one of all?” And the mirror answered at last: “Queen, you are the fairest of them all.” Then her jealous heart at last had peace; that is, as far as a jealous hateful heart can have peace.

16 Exercise #3 The Next Bestseller ~ Your Manuscript ~

17 References to look for Major news sources, including local papers. (I used CNN online and articles from the Colorado Springs Gazette for this presentation.) Dimitrius, Jo-Ellan & Mazarella, Mark. Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior—Anytime, Anyplace. Ballantine Books, 1999. New Scientist. “Pulling a Face Alters Sensory Perception.” alters-sensory-perception.html. Also check out other articles at using search mode. alters-sensory-perception.html Pease, Allan & Barbara. The Definitive Book of Body Language. New York, NY. Bantam Dell, 2004. Rodriguez, Larry, M.S. Sifianou, Maria. Politeness Phenomena in England & Greece-A Cross Cultural Perspective. Oxford University Press, 1999 Web MD. “Body Language Basics.” relationships/features/body-language-basics relationships/features/body-language-basics Wood, Patti. Success Signals: A Guide to Reading Body Language. Also check out her website:

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