Facial Expression

What does public speaking, sign language for the deaf, dancing and singing have in common?  When you receive training in any of these, you’ll be taught the importance of facial expression.

Public speakers know the importance of showing what you mean through gestures and facial expression.  Of course this is easier said than done.  I am not a master of expressiveness.  Because I need help, I stretched myself taking some classes out of my comfort zone.

Sign language for the deaf is a VERY expressive language.  It’s not just words and symbols created with the hands.  Watch a master at sign language and you’ll see their face in action.  It’s a great lesson.  Better yet, take sign language lessons…from a deaf person.  I did that when I lived in Omaha.

Dance lessons, such as Jazz Dance, come with coaching to help you express your emotions on the dance floor.  The instructor wants you to LOOK like you’re having fun…even if you’re stressed out trying to remember the dance moves.  A valuable class I took was Dance Performance Skills.  The focus of the class was not a specific dance style, but rather a study of how you look while you’re performing on stage.  Very eye-opening.

Singing.  A speech coach in Canada recommended taking singing lessons to improve your speaking.  It will improve the quality of your voice and your breathing.  But it will also improve your expressiveness.  I sang with a barbershop chorus for eight years.  Performance skills and facial expression are a high priority when you’re singing.  I recently watched a series of videos of the Westminster Chorus.  They are the 2010 International Chorus Champion.  Watch their faces as they sing.  They’re not just singing.  They are performing and showing emotion.  Also consider the power of energy, focus, preparation and commitment to excellence.  You will be amazed.
Westminster Chorus video (study their faces)
Westminster Chorus another video (International Competition performance–Wow!)