People love rare items. Whether it’s a jewellery loving lady with an appreciation for rare gems or a forty year old comic collector looking for that rare issue of The Amazing Spiderman, we love unique and rare items, and a smile is no different. So here’s a very happy activity for improving communication skills: practice smiling, but don’t just practice one smile, master the art of the smile..
Go on, grab a mirror, full length preferably. Prop yourself on a chair and focus on the reflection of your face in the mirror. Now you’re about to do something you may not have done since you were a kid: make faces. Simply try a variety of smiles and see what they communicate. Some smiles communicate childlike joy, others communicate spiritual love, others optimism. There are many different things a smile can communicate. By learning about your own smile you’ll uncover an arsenal of positive communication tools that you can fire off at will.
The first gift this activity for communication skills will grant you, then, is an understanding of exactly what your different smiles communicate. This will help you use the right smile at the right time.
The second benefit of this exercise is that you will be able to show different smiles to different people. This can be very important when socialising or networking in groups. When people see you showing the same smile to everyone, they come to think of it as being worthless. You’re not giving the other person something new or unique so what’s the point? Once you have a catalogue of smiles, however, you can be sure to give a new smile to each person you meet whom you wish to give a positive impression to. This will show them that your smile is genuine and for them, greatly strengthening your first impressions. It also helps with developing relationships. Using different facial expressions gives the impression that the relationship is alive and growing, a very positive attribute. And you thought pulling faces was just for kids!
Awesome communications tip, right? Wonder what comes next.