Body Language Lab

Face Touching and How It Affects Your Presence

Face touching…a common, but complex, category of nonverbals.  Our face and heads are primary components of our expressivity. Through our faces, we speak and express emotions. Our heads indicate our consideration and interpretations as listeners and contribute to our postural stances.  As humans, we interact with our own faces in very idiosyncratic ways, and while for most …

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Nonverbal Communication Doesn’t Happen in a Vacuum

“What role does context play in nonverbal communication?” There are seven universal emotions humans, on average, identify through specific expressions: 😀  Happiness😱  Fear😞  Sad🤢  Disgust😲  Surprise😒  Contempt According to anthropology and neuroscience, the main reason we universally recognize these emotions is because of our evolved need to decipher between friend/foe and safety/danger by picking up on certain cues …

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Why Effective Nonverbal Communication is Critical for Founders to Master on Video

Since the start of the pandemic, what message would you share with startup founders concerning the importance of nonverbal communication when speaking to investors? This question, while directed towards startup founders, is relevant to anyone who has to show up and sell.  This can be said for individuals during job interviews. It can be said for founders in …

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How to Achieve and Perceive Authenticity With Nonverbals

There’s a reason habit breaking and habit building are such tricky endeavors. Particularly in the world of communication, we often struggle between honing our communication skills, and feeling authentic. Speaking from my experience as a professional ballet dancer and athlete, I can share that building new habits and strengthening new muscles can often feel uncomfortable, difficult, unnatural.  But …

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