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OFC Lecture: "Non-verbal Communication in Message 'Delivery'" 

2009-6-10 (Wed) 6:30 p.m. -

In Japan where "nonverbal communication" or "tacit understanding" are valued and considered the norm, promoting one's abilities or ideas to others does not come naturally.

However, as opportunities to communicate with foreign business people increase in this globalized world, our ways of conducting business have been deeply affected by Western influences. Thus, in this day, being able to promote our way of thought and knowing how to persuade our listeners become necessary business skills.

This lecture will deal with delivery skills necessary for persuading our audience, focusing on methods of non-verbal communication.

Reference will be made to the findings of researchers Mehrabian and Ferris who studied the independent effects of verbal, vocal, and facial expressions in order to assess the speaker's impact.

The results of their research showed that facial expressions, i.e., non-verbal communication, had the strongest effect, followed by vocal expression.

Based on their findings, important points regarding gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, and other "paralanguage" elements--non-verbal elements--of communication will be explained. Useful tips for "delivering" our message, tips to assist us in our daily communication, will also be presented in this lecture.


Date: June 10 (Wednesday), 2009

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Venue: Conference Room E, 16th floor of Umeda Center Building

2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0015

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Entrance fee: no charge

• Please apply by email at with your name, address, phone number and email address.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of applicants exceeds the seating capacity of the venue, unsuccessful applicants will be informed of this by email.

Lecturer: TAKAHASHI Nobumitsu, Professor, Osaka University Graduate School of Economics

Lecturer profile: Graduated from Faculty of Commerce, Kansai University. After studying in the UK, he stayed in the UK, France, and Germany for 8 years as an expatriate staff member. After working for Osaka College Of Foreign Trade, he became a professor of English at Osaka University of Foreign Studies. He has been a professor at Osaka University Graduate School of Economics since 2007.

He has served as a visiting fellow at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a visiting fellow at Deakin University, Bowater School of Management and Marketing, Australia.

His specialized fields include: Business English, management communication, and trading business

Major books and theses: New Practical English Handbook (co-authored, Taishuka Shoten), Rhetoric and Business Communication, and Non-verbal Communication in Presentation--Paralanguage.


Sponsor: Open Faculty Center, School of Economics & Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University

For more information, contact: Open Faculty Center Office, School of Economics & Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University

Date: 2009-6-10 (Wed) 6:30 p.m. -

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