Secrets to reading body language

Wordless communication—or, body language—can be a powerful tool.

But it can also betray you, bringing to the forefront some opinion or feeling that you’d rather the world not see.

As the infographic below points out, “Body language is all around us. Learning to read it can be one of the most valuable skills you have.”

It also suggests that most of our communication is nonverbal, with gestures accounting for 55 percent of our communication, compared to 38 percent vocal, and only 7 percent the actual words we use. (It should be noted that this statistic, also known as the “Mehrabian Myth,” is one that is often contested among various circles of professional communicators).

For some insight into what your body language is saying (and what others are saying with theirs), check out these tips from TopCounselingSchools.org:

About the Author

Kevin Allen has developed social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies and created content for major brands across multiple social platforms. Previously, he served as an editor and reporter for the Chicago Sun-TimesESPNChicago.com, FoxSports.com and Ragan Communications. As a reporter, Kevin has covered MLB, NHL, NBA, PGA, NCAA football, national political campaigns, backyard barbecues and just about everything in between. He’s been a contributor to PR Daily since its launch. The first version of this story appeared on http://bit.ly/1lFvoxW via @PRDaily

**I love infographic and non verbal communications so I really love this story. However, the information contained regarding Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak needs to be fixed. Ehud Barak is former Israeli special forces commando, IDF Chief of Staff and Israeli government minister, including Prime Minister., while Yasser Arafat represented Palestine.

 

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