I’m not afraid to admit it… The first time I heard it, I totally believed the Mehrabian Myth! Mehrabian’s research claimed that the meaning of a message is communicated 7% by words, 38% by tone of voice, and 55% by body language (Source). I quickly bought into this idea because body language and tone of voice are so important to the meaning behind a message.
Upon further investigation, however, not only was this idea a myth, but it was also hard to believe I once thought it was completely logical! “Busting the Mehrabian Myth” is quite possibly the best “debunking” I’ve seen. Public speaking coach Lisa Braithwaite shared this on Twitter this week:
After checking out the video, I also spent quite a bit of time on Coach Lisa B’s website. Visit her website, Speak To Engage, here. She has quite an interesting blog called Speak Schmeak which you can read here. Her most recent post on Miss America introductions is really funny.
What great communication blogs have you stumbled upon this week?