Arming the Body – What the Arms Communicate when a Person is Silent.

Seven to ten seconds. That is all it can take to create a lasting impression. Now, that does not mean it is all over, and you cannot rectify things. However, it is important to keep that in mind when factoring in body language. Whether you are in public speaking, social interactions or in another typeContinue reading “Arming the Body – What the Arms Communicate when a Person is Silent.”

Head Tilt, Muscle Tightening and Shrugging Shoulders – Silent Communicators.

We communicate in three main ways with our head and neck – head tilt, muscle tightening, and touching the area of our head and neck.  Tilting the Head Most people will tilt their head to the side when they are curious about something. It is rare for a person to tilt their head if theyContinue reading “Head Tilt, Muscle Tightening and Shrugging Shoulders – Silent Communicators.”

Testing Your Body Language Knowledge – What is Happening in this Image?

Consider the following:  Are the people happy in the image? Angry? Why do you think this?Does the female seem to be comfortable around this man or uncomfortable? Why? Are either of these people in a hurry to be anywhere else?  Can you tell who is the boss or the more dominant person?Is there anything elseContinue reading “Testing Your Body Language Knowledge – What is Happening in this Image?”

Rapport – Building Trust using Body Language.

Mirroring and Matching to Change Emotions. In every situation we encounter, rapport is a vital component to endear a person to you, or to push a person away. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, matching and mirroring are important body language tactics for a therapist to use in order to encourage a client to open up toContinue reading “Rapport – Building Trust using Body Language.”

The Arms Hide, the Arms Reveal.

Our upper extremities can reveal a great deal about inner emotions. Some people may cross their arms to look casual when waiting for someone. However, crossing arms may also mean a person is angry, or does not agree with what is being said. Withdrawing Emotionally. Withdrawing arms is a common gage that a person isContinue reading “The Arms Hide, the Arms Reveal.”

Speaking with the Hands.

Our hands and fingers can be another tell of what is inwardly going on. A person that may be pensive or deep in thought may rest their chin on their hand. A person experiencing stress or exasperation may rub the bridge of their nose. Sign language is a great example of how our hands canContinue reading “Speaking with the Hands.”

Body Language as a Secret Weapon.

Body language is something everyone understands to some degree, it is how we interpret the cluster of signals that requires a more in-depth knowledge of what we are actually seeing.  Body language prepares a person to react in a constructive way if they can access what is actually going on. Where to start? If aContinue reading “Body Language as a Secret Weapon.”

The Anatomy of Body Language.

“The average person lies 3 times for every 10 minutes of conversation.” (Cal Lightman, from ‘Lie to Me’). Communication requires sending and receiving signals. Everyone has non-verbal signals known as ‘tells’. Most body language is subtle and unconscious. Whether it be from a news report, someone telling a story, or other forms of communication, bodyContinue reading “The Anatomy of Body Language.”

What does hand-to-face gestures mean?

The simple hand-to-face gestures may indicate quite a bit about what the person is thinking, or if they are being deceptive. In general, sudden movements that involve cupping the face, or covering one eye by placing the hand partly over it form the basis of the human deceit gestures. When we either see, hear orContinue reading “What does hand-to-face gestures mean?”

Engage your reader using Body Language.

Understanding your character’s behaviour and why they react to events enables the reader to establish a connection with your character. Body language isn’t just being able to tell off-the-bat that someone is lying. It is about directing you onto the next action or line of questioning to take. Enabling you to ‘read the room’ moreContinue reading “Engage your reader using Body Language.”