Learner Reflection & Practice
Observe your Base-to-Gesture Relationship in everyday communications.
What is your Base-to-Gesture habit? Do you find you are defaulting to a Basic Stance, a Wide Stance or a Narrow Stance as you speak? Do you default to Extended or Collected Gesture patterns?
Use the tools of Linear and Rounded Gesture to examine your natural use of gesture. Do you generally prefer one type of gesture over another? Is your gesture tied to the type of content or an intention?
If you prefer gesturing, what happens if you purposefully limit your gesture while communicating?
If you employ limited gesture, what happens when you concentrate on using more gesture in your communications?
What do you notice in the gesture of others? As an audience or communication partner, do you gather meaning from gesture?
When are you inclined to use Extended Gesture?
What do you think is the value of gestural support when presenting or communicating?
Experiment with the use of various types of gesture in low risk everyday interactions.
Practice sending energy through your fingertips as you gesture and observe what happens to the vocal quality of your delivery.
Depending upon our Given Circumstances, or preferences, we may hold onto our gestural expression or contain the energy in our gesture. Observe when you collect and reserve gestural energy. Observe if there are occasions when your gesture explodes with expression.
If you are a person that is reserved to begin with, you might observe that Collected Gesture feels familiar. For you, it might be a challenge to extend your gesture.
For those of you that prefer full extension in gesture, collecting and holding your gesture in containment can be a challenge.
When a person communicates with Collected Gesture, what happens to the pacing and weight of the words?
Practice these tools with structured content. Just as in the previous exercises you can chooseabout 20 to 30 seconds of professional, educational or personal experience material that you have previously presented on, or, that you know well and could easily present on.
Or, you can use the simple introduction content.
Tell your name.
Share a bit about where you are in your educational journey.
Reveal something interesting that you like to do or a hobby you engage in.
Stand and practice out loud engaging Rounded Gesture. Repeat the general content engaging Linear Gesture. Repeat with purposeful Extended Gesture and then with purposeful Collected Gesture. Collected Gesture can be exercised by consciously containing your gesture in moments of excited or passionate response. Try it and observe what happens in your expression. Do you become intense? Serious? Calm? More evenly paced?
What are the significant changes in meaning and tone when delivering the same content and then simply changing the shape and types of the gesture?
Practice out loud once again and mix the types of gestures during your delivery.
Think about how your content helps you to consider the type of gesture you might employ and when.
Determine the type of gesture that best suits your content and intentions.
Repeat the exercise and shift your Base from Wide, to Basic, to Narrow and notice your gestural expressions.
Gesture is a great tool to employ to support meaning making. It is a powerfully strategic tool when paired with a Ready Position, Line Focus, and the navigational tools. This is called Combining Concepts.