Nicely written Sharan,
I too had a good teacher at 7–8 std for Science subject, when i got bad marks in class test.. she said me sit with toppers in the class. She motivated me with her caring words! that made to study with more focus.
Non-verbal communication (facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc) has more impact always, studies led Dr. Mehrabian to devise a formula to describe how the mind determines meaning. He concluded that the interpretation of a message is 7 percent verbal, 38 percent vocal and 55 percent visual. The conclusion was that 93 percent of communication is “nonverbal” in nature.