Head Gestures

Head gestures

The position of the head signals to the audience among other things how confident or dominant we are when speaking. Strait head and chin up signals, that we feel dominant, a power posture. Head tilted to the side signals that we are not dominant, we are listening, a warm posture.

Here is an extreme example of conflicting head gestures. While saying the word NO we nod with our head forward which means YES.

I mentioned in the introduction the 6-key body-language gestures that are part of the inhaling REST. When it comes to head gestures, the procedure is that as we start to inhale, we straiten our head, chin up.

Our head gestures should, in most times, follow our hand gesture. The hands lead the head follows. If we point to the left with our hands or hand, our head should also point to the left. If we make symmetric hand gestures, our head should be centered. The head points to the subject and confirms what we say with the hands.

Hearing something from 2 different sources many times add to the credibility of the information. In a similar way, when head gestures confirm the hand gestures the message becomes more credible.

If we expect people to absorb the signals that are sent out while making hand gestures, we should ourselves try to follow the signals with our head. When we speak and “say something with one of our hands”, we should also shift our head to the subject hand, paying attention to the message, that the puppet is sending.