Hello, ladies and gentleman. It was a bit delayed. I have to post this one last night. Bad memory. Felt bad.
UNDERSTANDING AND USING GESTURES:
Gestures, together with non-verbal communications such as posture and facial expressions, are an important part of body language. Knowing how to gesture for effect, on public platforms or in face-to-face meetings, will help to convey your message.
- If you are not sure how to behave abroad, ask the locals for guidance.
- Make sure you are not unintentionally wearing a hostile expression.
- Practice a range of gestures in front of a mirror to find those that look natural for you.
All skilled public speakers use gestures for emphasis.
For example, John F. Kennedy used a chopping motion, while Hitler shook his fist.
Remember that over assertive gestures, such as banging a table, or other signs of anger can alienate people. Also, if you do bang a table, take care not to drown your words.
Single gestures may combine to form complex patterns. For instance, in a private meeting, you may recognize that a colleague is appraising you while listening to you, by the position of their fingers on their cheek or chin. However, to know whether the appraisal is positive or negative, you need to observe other signs, whether their legs are crossed defensively, or if their head and chin are lowered aggressively.
GIVING BODY SIGNALS:
Supportive gestures, such as making eye contact and nodding while somebody is talking, create empathy. Everyone can control their body language to an extent, but not totally. Choose your words with care, being as honest as possible, otherwise, your body language may contradict you.