Respect the Personal Space of Others
- Analyze the patterns of gestures.
Look for clusters of gestures that may indicate a certain emotion or attitude, and compare the verbal and non-verbal communication to see if they match.
- Take into account the environment.
Consider the context in which the gestures are used, as well as physical restrictions, disabilities, status, power, and age when interpreting body language.
- Be aware of subtlety.
As an individual gets older, many of his gestures become more subtle and less obvious.
- Respect personal space.
Respect the personal space of others and be aware of the cultural differences in terms of how close one can stand to another person.
- Choose the most spacious area.
When claiming a space or an area among strangers, look for the most spacious area between two others and claim the area in the centre.
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