Phil and I were at a Stampede pancake breakfast this morning. We had an interesting conversation about how different people use body language and hand gestures. He described how a former boss of his was very good at directing people’s attention to what he wanted them to pay attention to. Much like a magician mis-directing an audience’s attention. For example, he would put his hand inside his jacket pocket and leave it there, and while everybody waited to find out what he was going to pull out of his pocket, they would be focused on him.
We’ve talked about reading faces and body language here before. We can also turn this on its head (excuse the pun) and use it to communicate to our audience. What is your face, hands, and body communicating to others?