Module 6 – Personal Presentation
Body language can also be used as a mask to convey contrary feelings. How often have you nodded firmly when you did not understand a word, smiled when your instinct was to scowl, clapped enthusiastically at the end of a talk that nearly put you to sleep? In these cases you were not being hypocritical, but using body language positively as the mechanism of good manners.
The gestures of individuals are part of their personalities, a part of how they express themselves. Hand and arm movements can add emphasis, aid explanation and convey enthusiasm.
They only become a negative signal when repeated so often that they become irritating to the observer. Continued tapping, sighing or playing with hair.