Lesson 10: Global Perspectives on Body Language Skills

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Objective:

The objective of this lesson is to equip learners with an understanding of how body language skills apply and vary in different cultural or global contexts. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to accurately interpret and effectively use body language in a variety of international settings, enhancing their personal and professional interactions.

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Body language is a crucial aspect of communication that often transcends verbal language. Yet, its interpretation and appropriate use can vary significantly across different cultures. We’ll explore key elements such as gestures, eye contact, personal space, touch, and posture, and how these are perceived around the world.

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  • Gestures: Gestures can have different meanings in different societies. For example, the ‘thumbs up’ gesture is a positive sign in many Western cultures but can be offensive in parts of the Middle East and South America. To avoid miscommunication, research common gestures of your destination country and practice substituting your gestures with culturally appropriate ones..
  • Eye Contact: While steady eye contact may be seen as a sign of trustworthiness in many Western cultures, it can be perceived as disrespectful in some Asian and African cultures. When in a new cultural setting, observe the locals’ use of eye contact and adjust accordingly..
  • Personal Space: The acceptable ...
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