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Body Language: Picking Up and Understanding Nonverbal Signals

Body Language: Picking Up and Understanding Nonverbal Signals

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Is the unspoken element of communication that we use to reveal our true feelings and emotions - gestures, facial expressions and posture.

When we are able to "read" these signs, we can use it to our advantage. 

Disinterested interlocutors

Signs of a disengaged, disinterested or unhappy audience:

  • Arms folded in front of the body.
  • Minimal or tense facial expression.
  • Body turned away from you.
  • Eyes downcast, maintaining little contact.

Being aware of these sig...

Unengaged Audiences

Some signs that people may be bored or disinterested in what you're saying:

  • Sitting slumped, with heads downcast.
  • Gazing at something else, or into space.
  • Fidgeting, picking at clothes, or fiddling with pens and phones.
  • Writing ...

  • Have an open posture. Be relaxed, sit or stand upright and place your hands by your sides. 
  • Use a firm handshake. But don't get carried away - you'll likely come across as rude or aggressive.
  • Maintain good eye contact. Try to hold the other person's gaze ...

  • Have a positive posture. Sit or stand upright, with your shoulders back and your arms unfolded and at your sides or in front of you.
  • Keep your head up. Your head should be upright and level.
  • Practice and perfect your posture. Stand in a relaxed manner, wi...

  • Use mirroring. Subtly mirror the body language of the person you're talking to. This will make him feel more at ease. But don't copy every gesture.
  • Maintain the appearance of calm by keeping your hands still, and by avoiding fidgeting with your hair or touching your fac...

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