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Tip #2 for Honing Your Non Verbal Communication Messages

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2. Your Hand and Arm Gestures

Common hand and arm gestures include waving, pointing, and using fingers.   However, the manner in which you gesture can have an enormous impact on the recipient of the information.   Take pointing as an example; finger pointing can be interpreted by the listener as intrusive, or even accusatory.   The facial expression you maintain while pointing helps the listener more accurately interpret the meaning of the gesture.   But the gesture itself can be modified to appear more open and encouraging of dialog.  

Impassioned speakers may point their finger to emphasize their point.   But pointing helps creates a “me vs. you” scenario that may be upset the listener.   Instead, try an open hand gesture, which encourages a “we” scenario by appearing to engage the listener in the topic.

Be aware of how you gesture with your hands.   Make sure your gestures are engaging your listeners rather than alienating them and you’ll probably find that your comments are better received.

Posted by Jean M. Rowan on 23rd October, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
Tags: non verbal communication, Non verbal communication tips

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