I’d Rather Read Than Write

BBL COVER - VERSION 3AWelcome, or welcome back, to Day 2 of the Author Blogging Challenge. Today’s prompt is about writing – when did I start? what was the motivation? what is my process?

Talking about writing unifies the authors participating in this challenge. It also gives me the opportunity to tell you about me and my passion for body language.

I would characterize myself as a “reactive” writer from childhood through college. I wrote when I was required to, but I have no memory of ever sitting down to write independently.
Read & Wrtie 2On the other hand, I have many, many memories of reading from the time I was very young. I was fortunate to have a mother who read to me a lot. My growing up memories about reading often included her.

I have always preferred reading to writing and our house reflects that. There are lots of books in every room. I don’t think I’ve ever met a book I did not like.

Student hand writing on a sheet of paperPost It 1

While I had no formal writing training, an excellent high school English teach made sure that we mastered the foundational skills of grammar and different types of writing. He did a writing project that has stayed with me. On day one the assignment, we were given a full sheet of writing paper and were asked to answer a question. OK, that was routine. The next day we got half a sheet of writing paper and were asked to answer the same question. That was harder. Each day the piece of paper got smaller in size by half until my writing space was the size of the tiniest Post It. The lesson was that it was harder to write something shorter and that you had to plan differently. Try it if you want to be challenged.

This Challenge will help me develop my “on demand” writing skills – turning out a certain number of words with a short deadline.

But it’s all worth it because the end result is completion of my book, Business Body Language: Your Visual Business Card. I can’t wait.

Yesterday, I promised to introduce you to the five broadcast centers of the body and their relative importance in communicating your message. In order of most to least impact the broadcast centers are:

  1. Face
  2. Legs & Feet
  3. Arms
  4. Torso
  5. Hands & Fingers

Think about your legs and feet as important communicators of body language. We’ll talk more about that in a future post.

Start observing how others use body language effectively and ineffectively. My book focus on maximizing the effectiveness of your body language, so come back daily to learn tips that you can use immediately.

Regards, Barbara

The Body Language Pro

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