The Gesture: Moving the Hand to the MouthThe Translation: Watch your back. Your colleague is being deceptive.
Knowing what your co-workers are thinking doesn't require super powers. Knowing a few things about communication and body language can give you all the information you need to have successful interactions at work based on what your colleagues are "telling" you--no matter what words are coming out of their mouths. In the book, "Professional Presence: A Four-Part Guide to Building Your Personal Brand" (Greenleaf Book Group Press/Available now), author Peggy Noe Stevens weighs in on soft skills that could help you get ahead at work, as opposed to more concrete skills like knowing C++. While technology and business skills will always be important, having top-notch personal communication skills can help you stand out from the crowd. Stevens outlines what people's body language communicates and how you can adjust your office behavior accordingly. Stevens is a protocol, image and public speaking consultant. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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