body language

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What is Body Language ?:

Body language is nonverbal communication that involves body movement. “Gesturing” can also be termed as body language which is absolutely non-verbal means of communication. People in the workplace can convey a great deal of information without even speaking; through nonverbal communication. What is Body Language ?

How Does Body Speak?:

How Does Body Speak? Like any spoken language, body language has words, sentences and punctuation. Each gesture is like a single word and one word may have several different meanings.

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What we are trying to deliver to the one whom we are communicating through verbal means might not be exactly similar to the one which we are delivering from our non-verbal means i.e. BODY

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Why is Body Language important? Body language plays a big role in intuition as it gives us messages about the other person , that we can interpret at an intuitive level . 55% 38% 7% Source:

Body language:

Body language Gesture Face Posture

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Humans pride themselves on their seemingly unique ability to verbalize feelings and ideas.

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Gestures should be observed in clusters to provide a more accurate picture of person being observed

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While the mouth tells one story, gestures and posture may tell a different story.

Types Of Gestures:

Types Of Gestures Descriptive Clarify or enhance a verbal message Emphatic Underscores a verbal message Suggestive Symbols of ideas and emotions Prompting Evoke a desired response

Common Gesture Clusters Openness::

Common Gesture Clusters Openness : Several gestures indicate openness and sincerety . Open hands, unbuttoned coal or collar, leaning slightly forward in the chair, removing coat or jacket, uncrossing arms and legs, moving closer.

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When people are proud of what they have done, they usually show their hands quite openly. When they are not often put their hands into their pockets, or hide back When people show signals of openness that means they are generally beginning very comfortable in your presence which is good.

Common Gesture Clusters Defensiveness::

Common Gesture Clusters Defensiveness : People who are defensive usually have a rigid body, arms or legs tightly crossed, eyes glancing sideways or darting occasionaly , minimal eye contact , lips pursed, fists clenched and downcast head .

Common Gesture Clusters Evaluation::

Common Gesture Clusters Evaluation : Evaluation gestures say that the other person is being thoughtful or is considering what you are saying. Sometimes in a friendly way sometimes in an unfriendly way. Typical evaluation gestures include : tilted head, hand to cheek, leaning forward and chin stroking .

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Sometimes evaluation gestures take on a critical aspect. The body is more drawn back . The hand is to the face but the chin is in the palm of the hand with one finger going up the cheek and the other fingers positioned below the mouth. This is generally an unfavorable gesture.

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To gain time for evaluating the situation people use cigarette or pipe smoking habits, removing eyeglasses. A final negative evaluation gesture is dropping his eyeglasses to the lower bridge of noise and peering over them. This gesture usually causes a negative emotional overreaction in other people.

Suspicion, Secrecy, Rejection, and Doubt:

Suspicion, Secrecy, Rejection, and Doubt These negative emotions are communicated typically by: Sideways glances Minimal or no eye contact Shifting the body away from the speaker Touching or rubbing the nose.

Common Gesture Clusters Readiness:

Common Gesture Clusters Readiness Readiness is related to the goal-oriented high achiever with a concern for getting things done. It communicates dedication to a goal and is usually communicated by sitting forward at the edge of a chair. This may negatively give the appearence of being overly anxious also.

Common Gesture Clusters Nervousness :

Common Gesture Clusters Nervousness Clearing one’s throat, Chain smoking. Covering the mouth with hand, Tapping fingers . Whistling, Jingling pocket change , Fidgeting , Twitching lips or face .

Common Gesture Clusters Boredom or Impatience:

Common Gesture Clusters Boredom or Impatience These unproductive feelings are usually conveyed by the Drumming of fingers Cupping the head in the palm of the hand, Foot swinging Brushing or picking a lint Looking at your watch or the exit.

Common Gesture Clusters Enthusiasm:

Common Gesture Clusters Enthusiasm This is an emotion t hat you love to see in other people and they in you. It is conveyed by A small upper or inward smile , Hands open and arms extended outward , Eyes wide an alert , A lively and bouncy walk , A lively and well-modulated voice.

Let’s Examine How Body Communicates, from head to toes:

Let’s Examine How Body Communicates, from head to toes


BODY MOVEMENT Balance movements with verbal cues Avoid random movements Step forward to indicate you are arriving at a point Step back when concluding a point and signals the audience they can relax momentarily Always lead with your foot nearest your destination .

FACIAL EXPRESSIONS Facial expressions reflect emotion, feelings and attitudes :

FACIAL EXPRESSIONS Facial expressions reflect emotion, feelings and attitudes

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The face is one of the most reliable indicators of a person’s attitudes, emotions & feelings By analysing facial expressions, interpersonal attitudes can be discerned and feedback obtained. Some people try to hide their true emotions. The term Poker Face describes them

Frowns:unhappiness, anger:

Frowns:unhappiness, anger

Smiles: happiness:

Smiles: happiness

Sneers: dislike, disgust:

Sneers: dislike, disgust

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Pouting lips: sadness

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Your face is watched whenever you speak Often the key determinant of the meaning behind a message Communicates your attitudes, feelings, and emotions more so than any other part of your body.


EYE CONTACT To make people feel good and show your interest you must maintain eye contact. The easiest way to maintain eye contact naturally is to look at the persons whole face above the tip of their nose

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Windows of the soul, excellent are indicators of feelings. Shifty eyes, beady eyes and look of steel demonstrate awareness. Honest person has a tendency to look you straight in the eye when speaking. At least listeners accept it like that.

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People avoid eye contact with other person when an uncomfortable question asked. Try to reduce tension and build trust rather than increase tension. The raising of one eyebrow shows disbelief and two shows surprise. People are classified as right lookers and leftlookers. Right lookers are more influenced by logic and precision, left lookers are found to be more emotional, subjective and suggestible.

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Most powerful feature after voice Establish a bond Look at your audience to convey your sincerity of the message You will increase their attention to you by sufficient eye contact Provides you feedback and helps you relax


SMILING The most strong body language signal to influence our first impression is the smile. It is the most recognized signal everywhere. Smiling is an international language.

Hand Gestures:

Hand Gestures

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The Hands

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Tightly clenched hands usually indicate that the person is experiencing undue pressure. It may be difficult to relate to this person because of his tension and disagreement.

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Superiority and authority are usually indicated when you are standing and joining your hands behind your back .

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Rubing gently behind or beside the ear with the index finger or rubbing the eye usually means the other person is uncertain about what you are saying.

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Leaning back with both hands supporting the head usually indicates a feeling of confidence or superiority.

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Cupping one or both hands over the mouth , especially when talking, may well indicate that the person is trying to hide something

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Putting your hand to your cheek or stroking your chin generally portrays thinking, interest or consideration.

Arms and Legs:

Arms and Legs

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Crossed arms tend to signal defensiveness. They seemingly act as a protective guard against an anticipated attack or a fixed position which the other person would rather not move.

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Conversely, arms open and extended toward you generally indicate openness and acceptance.

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People who tightly cross their legs seem to be saying that they disagree with what you are saying or doing. If the people have tightly crossed legs and tightly crossed arms, their inner attitude is usually one of extreme negativity toward what is going on around them. It may be difficult to get agreement.



What kind person are you?:

What kind person are you?

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One of the first key things people notice is how to carry and present your self.

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Sitting with your legs crossed and elevated foot moving in a slight circular motion indicates boredom or impatience.

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Interest and involvement are usually projected by sitting on the edge of the chair and leaning slightly forward.

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Generally, people who walk fast and swing their arms freely tend to know what they want and to go after that.

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People who walk with their shoulders hunched and hands in their pockets tend to be secretive and critical. They don’t seem to like much of what is going on around them.

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People who are preoccupied or thinking, usually walk with their heads down, hands clasped behind their backs and pace very slowly .

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