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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language by Susan Constantine

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Chapter

8

Illustrative Gestures

In This Chapter

Communicating with your hands

Putting gestures to work

Using gestures more effectively

In the previous chapter you learned that gestures can have different meanings in different countries and that some cultures gesture more or less than others. In our recent world travels, we touched on how most gestures are either illustrators or emblems, but we dealt primarily with emblems. In this chapter we focus more heavily on illustrative gestures, exploring different styles, goals, and outcomes in everyday speech and professional communication. Although they all fall under the heading of “illustrators,” you might rightly think of them as different paints on your easel—finger paints, although some ...

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