Figure 5-2.-Body movement and gestures to avoid.
Facial expression is a type of gesture. To change opinions or to inspire or interest people,
your face must show what you are feeling and thinking. Facial expressions show many feelings,
such as joy, dejection, anger, and poise.
The most common fault in facial expression is the deadpan face that shows a total lack of
Another common difficulty is the use of a constantly intense expression, usually
manifested by a frown. Overcome this problem by relaxing all over; then use your intensity only
on key ideas.
Finally, remember that you are neither a wooden statue nor a clown. You are a human
being. The more natural you appear and act, the more you will influence your listeners. The
classroom is no place for a poker face.