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Body language

  2. 2. B ODY L ANGUAGE Known as kinesics (pronounced kineesicks) - is a significant aspect of modern communications and relationships. Body language goes both ways:  Your own body language reveals your feelings and meanings to others.  Other peoples body language reveals their feelings and meanings to you. The sending and receiving of body language signals happens on conscious and unconscious levels.
  3. 3.  Body language is especially crucial when we meet someone for the first time. Body language is very influential in forming impressions on first meeting someone. The effect happens both ways - to and from  When we meet someone for the first time, their body language, on conscious and unconscious levels, largely determines our initial impression of them.  In turn when someone meets us for the first time, they form their initial impression of us largely from our body language and non-verbal signals.
  4. 4. B ODY LANGUAGE INVOLVES … how we position our bodies our closeness to and the space between us and other people (proxemics), and how this changes our facial expressions our eyes especially and how our eyes move and focus how we touch ourselves and others how our bodies connect with other non-bodily things, for instance, pens, cigarettes, spectacles and clothing our breathing, and other less noticeable physical effects, for example our heartbeat and perspiration
  5. 5. T HIS IS HELPFUL ESPECIALLY WHEN … to determine if a person is paying attention to see if a person is confident or insecure to spot if someone is lying
  6. 6. W E READ BODY LANGUAGE THROUGH … Eyes Mouth Head Arms Hands Handshakes Legs and feet Personal space
  7. 7. E YES Looking to their right or up and to their right: Using their imagination – watch out for exaggeration of the truth or for complete lies. Looking down and to their right, or to their left, or up and to their left: –>Using their memory – they are being honest and truthful. - Looking down and to their left: –>Deep in thought.
  8. 8. S TANDING When you stand, keep your back straight, middle section in alignment with your back, shoulders back, and head up. This posture connotes comfort with yourself and ease in the situation. Slouching, sticking your belly out, stuffing your hands in your pockets, and folding your arms defensively all suggest aggressive unease.
  9. 9. S ITTING Sit with a straight back and with your legs together in front of you or crossed, either at the knee or at the ankle. Normally, women dont cross their legs, but men are allowed. Avoid jiggling your knee, which is a sign of nervousness (and can be pretty annoying to people sitting near you).
  10. 10. H ANDS Some people talk with their hands; others stand with their hands glued to their sides. Most people havent the foggiest notion what their hands are doing when they talk. Using your hands can be effective sometimes, aggressive sometimes, and irrelevant most of the time. Controlling your hands takes effort and willpower. Monitor your hand movements. Avoid making sweeping, cappuccino-clearing gestures during meetings. If you have to, sit on your hands.