To understand and control body language, consider using Body Language Training Course offered by pdtraining in Auckland, Napier, Christchurch and other cities in New Zealand.
The way that we are standing or sitting for example can give insight into our mental state. Think for a moment about different types of posture and the message that we use. What do they express?
- Sitting hunched over typically indicates stress or discomfort.
- Leaning back when standing or sitting indicates a casual and relaxed demeanor.
- Standing ramrod straight typically indicates stiffness and anxiety.
The position of our arms, legs, feet, and hands
- Crossed arms and legs often indicate a closed mind.
- Fidgeting is usually a sign of boredom or nervousness.
- Smiles and frowns speak a million words.
- A raised eyebrow can mean inquisitiveness, curiosity, or disbelief.
Chewing one’s lips can indicate thinking, or it can be a sign of boredom, anxiety, or nervousness.
A gesture is a non-verbal message that is made with a specific part of the body. Gestures differ greatly from region to region, and from culture to culture. Below we have included a brief list of gestures and their common interpretation in North America; most of which translate to Christchurch, New Zealand as well.
|Moving head from side to side||Maybe|
|Shrugging shoulders||Not sure; I don’t know|
|Tapping hands or fingers||Bored, anxious, nervous|
|Shaking index finger||Angry|
|Thumbs up||Agreement, OK|
|Thumbs down||Disagreement, not OK|
|Pointing index finger at someone/something||Indicating, blaming|
|Pointing middle finger (vertically)||Vulgar expression|
|Flap of the hand||Doesn’t matter, go ahead|
|Waving both hands over head||Help, attention|
|Crossed legs or ankles||Defensive|
|Tapping toes or feet||Bored, anxious, nervous|
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All public Body Language Training courses include am/pm tea, lunch, printed courseware and a certificate of completion. Customised courses are available upon request so please contact pdtraining on 1300 121 400 to learn more.