Proper Gestures and Soft Skills

Have you ever had to go somewhere important or had to meet someone for the first time and just felt anxious?

It happens to the best of us on a daily basis every single, solitary day. I know the feeling because I once had to bite my nails to assure myself or look away when I felt uncomfortable, missing out on sufficient eye contact to seize a situation. Even the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, as prestigious as he may be, still makes mistakes. In the picture shown below, according to body language analyst Dr. Jack Brown, Obama’s hand gesture and facial expression meant he apparently confused the former Indian prime minister for someone else. Once he realized the mistake, he retracted his hand and tried to keep his composure but a bridge has already most likely been burned. Only thing to do here is just make smarter decisions and be more aware of your audience, because loosing our focus can happen to the best of us.

Barack Obama committing a wrongful gesture along side the Prime Minister of India, Monmohan Singh
Barack Obama committing a wrongful gesture alongside the former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.

Clearing yourself of minor infractions to the best of your abilities does wonders. Thanks to the important ideas I’ve learned from Professor Frank Marcello’s Corporate Communication class, I have progressed. They have helped me to gain a grasp on real concepts to use to your advantage in multiple scenarios. Bad habits to get rid of are things like getting distracted, faking a smile, not looking at the focus of attention, and not having good posture. In the words of Frank Marcello, it’s important to be aware. Being aware is probably one of the most crucial things you can do to look out for yourself and others. If you restrain yourself from doing these type of gestures, then you can focus on the ones you want to be immaculate at.

Gestures that make an impact are walking upright, shaking someone’s hand firmly and with absolute confidence, and looking someone in the eye when talking to them. These gestures leave a good impression and have always worked for me. They can be useful to anyone who keeps them in mind. Such body language helps show your interest for something and helps people evaluate your message.

Soft skills are similar to gestures and body language. Things like a positive attitude, listening to instructions, and giving credit where it’s due all help you get to where you need to be in the world. Soft skills help you grow in whatever you’re passionate about and help you identify opportunities. This ultimately can lead to your developing stronger communicating skills.

So be passionate about what you do and be aware. Are there any gestures, soft skills, or tricks that have helped you accomplish a task? Share your thoughts and communicate!

Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

I leave you with a quote from the famous English Cardinal Vincent Nichols that I strongly agree with when it come to body language.

“We’re losing social skills, the human interaction skills, how to read a person’s mood, to read their body language, how to be patient until the moment is right to make or press a point. Too much exclusive use of electronic information dehumanizes what is a very, very important part of community life and living together.”

Do you agree? Think about it.

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