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Non-Verbal Communication Throughout the Globe

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Kris Wieland

on 6 June 2013

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Greetings in the USA Full hand shakes, tight grasp, grabbing of shoulder, or upper arm. Non Verbal Communication Throughout the Globe Gestures in the USA Casual Gestures Casual gestures are gestures used in the US to replace words, most of these gestures you should be familiar with. Facial Expressions Anger Facial Expression can be identified no matter the race or culture Happy Sad Surprise Disgust Other non verbal expressions Proxemics Statistics Eye Contact In US, making good eye contact means that their is interest in the conversation. If eye contact is not made than it may signify that they have low self confidence. Showing a lot of eye contact means that the person is bold. Gestures are the most culturally specific form of nonverbal communication Proxemics is the cultural space that is put between each other when conversing. Most Americans feel most comfortable when people keep an arms-length away during conversations. If they know the person well they converse 20-36 inches away. If they don't know the person well then they tend to stay 2-4 feet away. Dr. Albert Mehrabian, author of Silent Messages, conducted several studies on nonverbal communication. He found that 7% of any message is conveyed through words, 38% through certain vocal elements, and 55% through nonverbal elements (facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc). Subtracting the 7% for actual vocal content leaves one with the 93% statistic. Australia Non-Verbal Communication Manners Chewing gum or using toothpicks in public is rude.
Loud speech is disapproved.
Mouth should always be covered when yawning.
Winking at a woman is considered rude.
Eye contact is very important when conversing. Greetings The thumbs up sign is disrespectful and rude.
Men generally greet each other with a pat on the back because any physical interaction is considered unmanly.
Australian people are friendly, informal, and dislike people who have strong emotion. US Nonverbal communication Brazil Woman greet one another by kissing sides of cheeks, while men might have a small embrace.
Brazilians stand closer together when conversing often between 12-16 inches apart. Gestures If a Brazilian man wants to say that he sees a pretty girl, he shapes his hands to make a telescope and points it toward the girl.
To apply emphasis to a statement they will snap their fingers and pull it down.
Scratching underneath the chin indicates, "I don't know."
The okay sign means that you are comparing them to female anatomy... Argentina Woman that are friends link arms together.
Argentinians are a lot closer and tend to stand close when having a conversation, they may even put their hands on the other person's shoulder. Gestures Hands on hips suggests anger.
Yawning in public is very rude.
To indicate that something is so-so they will bring their thumb up and down a few times. Italy Always shake hands when meeting and departing.
Italians are one of the most physically connected people, you may see embraces between good male friends, or even linking arms between males.
Tapping the head or forehead means "your crazy."
Pulling imaginary saliva from the mouth and throwing it is an insult similar to the middle finger in the US.
Holding ones face as shown in the picture means disapproval. Netherlands Sucking ones thumb means that someone is making up a story or lying.
Rubbing the nose with the forefinger from the bridge down signifies that the person is cheap.
Grabbing at an imaginary fly means that someone else is crazy.
Good direct eye contact is important. Poland People in Poland are not considered "touchers" they tend to stand more than an arms length away when conversing.
Men always wait for woman to extend their hand first when shaking hands.
When Poles flick their finger underneath their chin they are inviting them to have a drink with them. Spain Men and women always shake hands upon meeting one another.
The "abrazo", is common among male friends which is where they hug and then do a motion kiss on each cheek.
To beckon someone they reach out and scratch an imaginary surface.
Men always wait for the woman to sit before sitting.
Personal space is a lot smaller compared to the US. Turkey The "fig" gesture is the most rude gesture in Turkey, it is where the thumb goes in between pointer and middle finger.
The gesture for "good job", is to raise the hand up in the air, palm outward, and slowly bring fingers toward the thumb.
When someone tips their head back and closes their eyes this is the gesture for "no" in Turkey.
It is rude to cross your arms over your chest while conversing. Egypt Handshakes are not as firm as the US, greetings are very warm because they believe personal relationships are important.
The space that is put between males is a lot closer than the US, but opposite genders tend to stay farther apart.
The right hand should only be used for eating, and the left hand should be used for bodily hygiene.
It is best not to sit cross legged because pointing the soul of the shoe at someone else is considered an insult. Iran People of the same gender tend to stand closer to one another while conversing.
Shaking hands with a child shows respect to the parents.
Always take off shoes when entering a house.
To say "no" move the head up and back, to say "yes" dip head down with a slight twist. China China is not a touching society, people tend to stay further away from one another. Hugging and kissing when greeting is very uncommon.
When something is difficult or surprising, the casual response is to suck in air through their teeth.
The open hand is used for pointing (not one finger).
Having good posture is very important in China.
When getting on a train or walking in a marketplace, shoving is very casual, apologies are never given or excepted.
People bow to each other to show respect to one another, they use this as one of their greetings. India Japan The traditional greeting is the namaste which is where the palms of the hands are pressed together in a praying position.
Men never touch women in either formal or informal conditions.
Eye contact shows interest, when walking on streets it is good to keep your eyes on the ground.
To point it is best to use the chin, full hand or thumb. Not the pointer finger, the pointer finger shows that you are superior and view the other person as a slave. Japan has a very high regard for graciousness, showing any excessive behavior is rude.
Waving the hand in ones face means, "I don't know," or "I don't understand."
To call a waiter you must get eye contact and dip your head.
The "okay" sign in the US means "money."
Displaying an open mouth in Japan is considered rude.
Keep hands out of pockets when conversing or greeting. Honduras Dentistry uses a lot of nonverbal messages to ensure the patient's comfort. When going through a procedure, it is most common for the patients to use gestures to show they are in pain, need to spit, etc. As shown in the picture above right, you can see that the hands of the patient are lingering toward their mouth. This is a sign to the dentist that the patient is feeling uncomfortable. Therefore he needs to apply more anesthetics to numb the patient's mouth. A lot of nonverbal messages can be identified in the face of the child. She is very nervous and scared for her mother. Nonverbal communication in dentistry Non verbal Communication in Honduras When dining it is polite to finish everything on your plate. (If you didn't finish your meal you were given a look of disapproval).
When a person takes one index finger and puts it in the corner of their eye it means "be careful." (One night we went on a night hike through the jungle, our hostess did this before we left.
Bargaining is expected when shopping. (I bargained for my souvenirs and got them to lower their prices considerably). Proxemics In Honduras, the personal space is a lot closer than that of the US. As you can see from the picture above left, the people are sitting much closer to each other than we would in the US. These people don't know each other at all and they are distancing themselves about 1-2 inches away from each other. When I went to Honduras, I was able to experience first hand the life of people with little or no money. The people seemed to enjoy themselves more and not worry about the income that they are making. Most of the houses were hand-built from fallen tree limbs and a version of concrete (basically compacted mud). The major sport that is played there is soccer, that is what most everyone’s life revolved around. Soccer can be played with no shoes or any kind of ball so it is easy for low income people to play. There is a very obvious distinction between how the Hondurans lived verses how we Americans live. Here it is all about how rich you are and who has the newest technology and such. In Honduras, the main focus was how happy you were and working hard for money didn't matter to most people. I think that we can learn from the Hondurans that we should spend more time having fun and that joy doesn't come from money. On the other hand, I think that the Hondurans can learn from Americans that it is good to have a job that has a good income and that life shouldn't be entirely fun and no hard work. What We Can Learn
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