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  • 1. Body Language Your words tell me a story but your body tells me the whole story Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 2. American psychologist Mehrabian states that when it comes to expressing feelings:
    • 55% of the communication consists of body language
    • 38% is expressed through tone of voice
    • Only 77% is communicated through words.
    • If this is the case, we express 93% of our feelings in a non-verbal way!
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 3.
    • Spoken language gives the
    • content of the conversation and
    • body language is used to show
    • how the speaker feels about
    • the situation, and the other
    • people involved.
    • Body language is hereditary or
    • taught to children at a very
    • young age that it why it is a
    • reliable way of finding out how
    • someone feels.
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 4.
    • Body language is not the
    • same around the world;
    • In Europe and America
    • people shake their head
    • when they mean no and
    • nod when they mean yes.
    • In India or in Greece,
    • they mean the opposite –
    • up and down means no
    • and shaking means yes.
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 5. Openness and warmth
    • open-lipped smiling,
    • open hands with palms visible
    • unbuttoning coat upon being seated
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 6. Confidence
    • leaning forward in chair
    • chin up
    • putting tips of fingers of one hand against the tips of fingers of other hand in "praying" or "steepling" position
    • hands joined behind back when standing .
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 7. Nervousness
    • smoking, whistling, pinching skin, fidgeting,
    • jiggling pocket contents, running tongue along
    • front of teeth, clearing throat, hands
    • touching the face or covering part of the
    • face, pulling at skin or ear, running fingers
    • through hair, wringing hands, biting on pens
    • or other objects, twiddling thumbs, biting
    • fingernails or bitten fingernails, tongue
    • clicking.
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 8. Untrustworthy/Defensive
    • frowning, squinting eyes, tight-lipped grin,
    • arms crossed in front of chest, pulling away,
    • chin down, touching nose or face, darting
    • eyes, looking down when speaking, clenched
    • hands, gestures with fist, pointing with
    • fingers, chopping one hand into the open palm
    • of the other, rubbing back of neck, clasping
    • hands behind head while leaning back in the
    • chair.
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 9. Remember
    • There is more negative than positive body language
    • Try and stop negative body language before you have an interview.
    • Watch the interviewer’s body language and nonverbal cues but do not try to trust too much in what you see
    • The most obvious example of positive body language is the smile connection - when and interviewer responds to your smile  
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 10. The power of touch
    • Body language can show who has more
    • power in the relationship for example:
    • 1.    the friendly shoulder pat
    • 2.    the stroke over the head
    • 3.     the arm around someone's
    • shoulder
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 11. Interpersonal space
    • Edward Hall, an American anthropologist,
    • divided interpersonal space into four
    • zones:
    • 1. The intimate zone (0 - 45 cm)
    • 2. The personal zone (45 - 120 cm)
    • 3. The social zone (120 - 360 cm)
    • 4. The public zone (360 - 750 cm or more)
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 12. In a meeting You can tell how involved listeners are from their body language, such as nodding and leaning forward in their chair. It is also important that everyone has the chance to speak, and that they are all involved in the meeting. Emotions are usually expressed non-verbally, and recognising the emotional involvement of people is important. Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009
  • 13.
    • The content in this presentation has been
    • adapted from information on
    • http://www.lichaamstaal.nl/english/bodylang
    • age.html?body.html
    • Go to the site for more detailed information
    • and pictures showing different types of body
    • language
    Ann Matsunaga Body Language presentation June 2009