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Body Language | August 4, 2010


Hi Friends still on my thinking corner; remember I started with the Y-Factor, this took me further in memory lane and I decided to talk about this new topic – THE BODY LANGUAGE. I hope you will be educatedd as well as entertained. Introduction Have you ever heard of the words Body English? I remembered one basketball game when the sports-caster said, “Air Jordan used a little Body English to coax that ball into the hoop, as he released the free throw.” He meant that the player moved his hips sideways, as if using mind control, so that the ball will go through the basket. Body English is just one of the myriad of examples of body language that we use and apply to our lives every now and then, consciously or unconsciously. What is Body Language? Body language is the unspoken or non-verbal mode of communication that we use in every single aspect of our interaction with another person. It is like a mirror that tells us what the other person thinks and feels in response to our words or actions. Body language involves gestures, mannerisms, and other bodily signs. Would you believe that in real life situations, 55% of the messages that we convey to other people are transmitted through body language and the actual verbal communication accounts for the other 45% – 38% in tone of voice and only 7% in the words we use? Our ability to use body language in a positive way and to read other people’s minds through their body language separates the men from the boys (or women from girls), and can be a powerful tool to our overall personality development. Imagine creating a great impression for work, business, and love by being knowledgeable in this not-so-common yet powerful field of study. It is the unspoken tool to a successful life. So read on and find out how you can read and utilize body language – the most used yet most misunderstood secret language in the world. We use body language everyday in our lives to get our message across, to achieve positive feedback in our lives, and to get whatever we want. We use this language all the time, but we may not be aware of it. Moreover, this language doesn’t only involve the mouth but the whole body as well. Could you even imagine the awesome power of applying it? With it, you’ll be able to interpret other people’s inner emotions even if they’re not directly expressing it. You’ll also be able to modify your behavior to fit the situation. You’ll get them to like and trust you. What words cannot do, body language can. In this chapter, we shall explore the various body gestures or movements conveyed by people in different scenarios. Let’s begin. Suggesting Interest It is important to know if people are interested in what you are saying; otherwise, you are just wasting your time. Just imagine you are a chemistry teacher. You have always been interested in chemistry, so you assume that your students feel the same way as you do. But are they really interested? Are your teaching methods good enough to arouse their interest? Unless you can recognize the different body signals your students are conveying, you would never know how they are adapting to the subject matter. And unless you find out if staring continuously at you without blinking the eyes is a sign of interest or an indication of being in Dreamland, you simply could not take the necessary steps to adjust to their learning needs. Here are some of the movements exhibited by people who are interested in what you are saying: • They maintain eye contact more than 60% of the time. The more wide-opened the eyes are, the more interested the person is. In fact, a person maintains eye contact more when listening than when talking. • Their heads are inclined forward. • They are nodding their heads. Such action means that they’re agreeing with you. That means they’re attentive and listening. • Their feet are pointing towards you. • They smile frequently. But take note, not all smiles convey the same feeling. An oblong smile is not genuine. It is used to show courtesy, but not necessarily happiness or friendliness. The lips are withheld completely back from the upper and lower teeth, forming the oblong shape. This is usually the smile that many people exhibit when they feign to enjoy a lame joke. Till we meet again, I remain yours as always Saphemerald Go be who you want to be! Go impact your world! Saphemerald

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HI, I am Abiola Olowolagba by name and I am penned as "saphemerald." I am an avid writer, writing is everything to me - it's life, food and companion. I warmly welcome you my blog, to share with you thought from passionate mind and share with you my creative writings. My inspiration in life varies, and can sometime be that thing you think is nothing I am a big dreamer! And sometime my dream seems too big for some minds; funny? but I know great minds are presume incredible. My dream and vision as a writer is to be......... the first Nigerian maybe African to win an Oscar for best script. WHAT DO I WRITE ABOUT? Love, life, family, death, spirituality, mystery and forms of creative writing. Like I always say: GIVE ME A SOMETHING; I will give to you a novel, script, poem even a play. Finally I am here to learn and grow Warm wishes Saphemerald

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