Gestures to Avoid

The gestures to avoid include some commonly used body language. Which ones should be taboo?

When thinking gestures, think beyond enhancing public speaking. There are some hand gestures that should not be used lest your audience you lose.

The first and most obvious to avoid are obscene-gestures. Such should never be part of your communication. There are other less known common gestures in one land that are obscene in another.

As it turns out, many nonverbal gestures, body gestures and hand gestures that are quite acceptable to some may offend others. Use the wrong ones and it can cost you your career or even result in an international incident.

  • The Thumbs Up
  • Pointing with your index finger
  • Palm Up wave to come this way
  • Sitting with legs crossed so that the sole of your foot is exposed toward someone

Because we serve an international audience, we will not provide actual diagrams of the hand gestures. Speechmastery is based on the principle of never using obscene words or gestures, ever. Please note, this includes the definitions as well.

    Some idioms are not easily recognized from one culture to another.

    One patient told their doctor that they were going to be buying the farm soon. The doctor walked out and told the patients family that she thought he was too old to be buying a farm. The patient was 94. He was talking of dying soon.

    So too, some slang words and obscene words may not be easily defined. To accommodate the definition, we will use words that closely approximate the meaning. If they do not make any sense to you, be assured bad language does not make any sense in the practice of speechmastery.

    People use these words because they are weak. They need the shock of bad language to empower their weakness in being able to express themselves with proper language.

In the 1990s, Salovey and Mayer published papers defining emotional intelligence. They suggested that studying emotions created a new variable in understanding personality.

Goleman then popularized the theory of Emotional Intelligence or Emotional Quotient. He suggested emotional quotient mattered more than intelligence quotient. He also proposed that 90 percent of our communication is nonverbal.

By drawing research from neurophysiology, psychology and cognitive science, it is apparent that emotions are related to how we function. Those functions include our attention, perception, learning, reasoning, and action selection.

So just like words, gestures have power. Be careful with the gestures to avoid.

Go to Gestures where this all starts. The Gestures to Avoid Website

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