Advantages And Disadvantages Of Lecturers

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In lectures, lecturers tend to make use of body language including facial expressions, gestures and postures to both “convey confidence and avoid anxiety” so as to shape the thoughts of audiences (Furnham and Petrova 2010, 145). What matters to a successful lecturer is not only what she or he speaks but also how she or he acts (Furnham and Petrova 2010, 138). Limbic brains of audiences are able to let themselves unconsciously be influenced by lecturers (Goman 2011, 18). Walking to the stages with confident facial expressions, keeping eye contacts with audiences, coming out of the stages, speaking with opening gestures and standing still are the effective skills for lecturers to enhance their influence (Goman 2011, 71-75). With the help of proper facial expressions, gestures and postures, speakers could be able to deliver attractive speeches. Persuasive lecturers not only rely on speeches’ contents but also make use of their forms (Furnham and Petrova 2010, 138). Writers may employ “‘P-words’ – pitch, poetry, pause and pace” to enrich their speeches’ contents (Furnham and Petrova 2010, 136). However, delivering speeches do not connote reading articles, but communicating with audiences to make them trust and agree with their views. Therefore, lecturers need to master the principle of “‘C words’ – confidence, cadence, conviction and color”, making use of body language such as “smiles, powerful gestures, eye contacts and clothes’ styles” to enhance their influence (Furnham and

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