Head Gestures

Head gestures

The position of the head signals to the audience among other things how dominant we are when speaking. Strait head and chin up mean, that we feel dominant, a power posture. Head tilted to the side means that we don’t mean to be dominant, we are listening, a warm posture.

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, our head should also point to the left. If we make symmetric hand gestures, our head should be centered. If we scratch the head with our right hand, we tilt the head to the right.

So here is a story from my childhood. When playing board games, we needed to find out who starts. We would place a coin in one of the hands behind the back and then bring both hands forward so that the opponent should choose one of the hands. When I was supposed to choose, I always chose the hand of my opponent to which the opponent’s nose (head) was pointing to. I read somewhere, that people will point their nose (head) to the hand holding the coin unless they deliberately try to confuse. Many times, it worked well for me and I was the one that started the game. I kept it a secret 🙂

So for example, when we speak and “say” something with our left hand, we should also shift our head to the left, so that we pay attention to what the “left pulpit” is doing.

A safe bet, is to let our head track corresponding hand gestures.

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