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It is written for public speakers, and contains some useful messages for facilitators too. Each time I read it I take something different from it. The stuff I really appreciate:
- There are four distinct zones: public, social, personal and intimate. And we need to occupy 'personal space' to have an impact.
- When we move towards someone they are more likely to trust us,and the converse is true too.
- People have empathy for the observed experience of others, so we don't need to move into everyone's 'personal space' to have an impact on a larger crowd.
- Avoid turning your back on people, as it communicates disinterest.
Extending what Nick has said:
- If you are facilitating a session of more than a couple of hours, it is important to think about 'resting' people as well as making a 'world changing impression' on them. Use 'moving back' to give them a break.
- One way I 'move back' is to go and fiddle with my notes or make myself a cup of tea after I have given instructions for an activity. If you stand close by, looking attentive, people can be distracted. Let them get on with the activity.
- If you are going to move forwards to emphasise what you are saying, give yourself some space. Prepare for 'big messages' by moving back a little (or even a lot) first.