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Showing Interest and Openness

Jim Panzee and Norman smile at each other

When you talk with someone, show you are interested by using the following facial expressions, gestures, and body movements:

  • Relaxing your posture
  • Facing the person who is talking
  • Uncrossing your arms
  • Nodding in agreement
  • Smiling

Distracted and Disinterested

Boy rolling his eyes, head in his hands.

Try to avoid the following facial expressions, gestures, and body movements. They send the message that you aren't interested in the person you are talking with or what they are saying!

  • Fidgeting
  • Yawning
  • Shrugging your shoulders
  • Tapping your fingers
  • Shaking your head
  • Rocking back and forth
  • Crossing your arms
  • Rolling your eyes
  • Biting your nails
  • Sighing heavily
  • Facing away from the person who is talking

Getting Into Character

Actors use facial expressions and gestures to create their characters. What kind of facial expressions and body language would you use to play the following characters? Why?

  • A confident explorer
  • A shy student
  • Someone who is lost
  • Someone who ate too much
  • A frustrated kid

Tips from a Blind Actor

photo of George Ashiotis

To learn some acting tips, visit our Tips from a Blind Actor web page.

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