Are you looking for facial expression communication as part of your audience contact? You should be.
Did you know...
There are seven emotions, 10,000 different facial expressions, and only about 3000 of these facial expressions are relevant to emotion.
Most people will only use 50-60 in normal conversation.
The 50 to 60 relate to the seven universal emotions.
The Seven Universal Emotions
These are the emotions that are common to humans and universal throughout all peoples and cultures.
These expressions can be macro expressions, lasting 1-3 seconds or longer such as a real smile verses a fake smile.
We also make micro expressions. Micro expressions give up our concealed feelings.
These expressions last only 1/25th of a second. This is faster than a blink of the eyes. Most people cannot pick up micro expressions consciously. When captured on film and played as slower speeds, these expressions look just like macro expressions.
Micro expressions are somewhat like reflexes. Rarely can we stop them from happening because they are a part of the hard wiring of our brains.
As a public speaker, it is just as important to know who to look at and what to look for.
If you read about the million dollar speaker, she had such incredible audience contact, that on saying something offensive, not only did she know who in the audience she offended (there were three different individuals), she was able to apologize and correct the situation.