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Media Body Language

Television viewers create general impression on broadcasters only by looking at the body language. The first impressions are always important, as one may not get a second chance to make certain first impression once again.

We always make impressions on people even before they talk to us, just from their body language, as the way a person looks and his or her appearance creates our impression, and the body language shows if you are concentrating or bored.

For example, you can easily know whether the interviewee is looking bored by turning his/her face away or not sitting up strait, while if the interviewee is interested, he/she maintains good eye contact, sits upright, and focuses on the person who asks the question.

The interviewing broadcaster style may be more relaxed, of course depending on the nature of the talk show subject, sitting up taller in your chair, pulling your shoulders back, leaning forward and maintaining eye contact makes you feel more self-confident and help to put the other person at ease and genuinely interested.

The broadcaster personality must shine in any talk show; if you panic and engage in self-doubt, you can easily lose control of the situation, as the interviewer depends on his/her body movements, and remember your body should support what you're saying and provide a visual expression of that content. Practicing power postures can leave lasting changes on confidence levels, while your stance, movement, and gestures function as powerful amplifiers of the things you're saying.

Nonverbal behaviour is assumed to have an impact on viewers’ judgments and add an important visual dimension that colors your words, concepts, ideas, and stories.  Interestingly, "visuals" doesn't only mean what youshow viewers, it also refers to speaking in visual terms, i.e., creating word pictures in your viewers' minds.

The body language is a type of nonverbal communication, which includes facial expression, visual communication, hearing and gestures.