Remember that body language is cultural

Remember that body language is cultural

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Remember that body language is cultural

Check out where you are and who you are with. For example, in Western culture it is perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) to debate issues with everyone in the group. In some Asian cultures there is still a deference shown for age; directly contradicting an elder is seen as the height of discourtesy and rudeness. A little research can save a lot of embarrassment and misunderstanding.

Adopt an open posture

Adopt an open posture

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Adopt an open posture

An open posture means directly facing someone, hands apart, communicating openness or interest in someone and a reediness to listen. A closed posture with arms folded, legs crossed or positioned at a slight angle from the person with whom they are interacting can indicate discomfort or lack of interest.

Adopt an open posture

Sit comfortably still in meetings

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Sit comfortably still in meetings

Sit still and calmly without fidgeting. Focus your attention on making eye contact and watching the behaved of your colleagues while you listen to them. It indicates that you are interested in what is being said, grounded and self assured.

Adopt an open posture

Eye contact

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Eye contact

Hold the other person’s gaze and look at the person when you are speaking together. This implies sincerity, interest and engagement with the subject matter. But avoid a starting match as this can be construed as confrontational.

Adopt an open posture

Observe hands

Week 7: Body Language

Today: Observe hands

Be aware of what your hands are doing and the messages they might be sending. People who keep there hands visual are usually viewed as more transparent. A firm handshake with the meetings of the palms (but not too firm or too long) can convey calm assertiveness and confidence in front of others. Someone who is stressed or nervous may display quivering hands or a limp handshake, neither of which are likely to instill confidence.

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