17 Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication

Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication

6. Pinched Thumb & Index 

17 Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication
Hand Gesture – Pinched Thumb & Index 

By pinching your thumb and index finger together, you gesture that you agree with someone. Derek Halpren explains “It says, “Yes, that’s exactly what I mean.” Use this when you agree with the person you’re talking to.”

7. The Steeple

17 Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication
Hand Gesture – The Steeple

Using the steeple makes us appear wise, smart, calm and in control. It is a powerful gesture that you can do simply by lightly putting all the fingers together. However, it is important that we use this gesture carefully, says Derek. He adds “If you do this in a way that’s too obvious… it just looks like you’re trying too hard.

Van Edwards says “I have found that when I use this gesture, it centers and calms me. I have not found any research to back this up, but when I do this it’s almost as if I feel more centered and have an easier time taking deep breaths.

8. Pointing finger

17 Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication
Hand gesture – Pointing finger

Although it may be considered rude to point, it can be a rather useful hand gesture if you know how to use it. When you point at a particular thing while talking it helps your audience to understand your point better. However, you must use it with caution. John Rampton says pointing “often adds clarity and emphasis to what you are verbally communicating about that item as well as gets your audience to focus.

Vanessa Van Edwards adds you can point to get someone’s attention or to literally make a point.

9. Open hands

17 Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication
hand gesture – Open hands

When you gesture with open arms it depicts that you have complete knowledge about the topic you are speaking about. Moreover, it also shows that you are being honest and truthful about yourself. Derek Halpren believes that the open arms pose “communicates a sense of vulnerability” and honesty.

Van Edwards explains that “When you have both of your hands apart and palms facing towards the audience, it is a very Godlike pose. Use it when making a grand gesture.” However, she adds that “When your hands are at a 45-degree angle with the palms facing up, you are showing openness and honesty.

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10. Contrasting 

We use this gesture when we want to compare ‘this’ with ‘that’. When you want to talk about two separate ideas or objects and show the contrast, then use your left hand to signify ‘this’ and use your right hand to denote ‘that’. Derek says “Just like counting, whenever you’re contrasting different ideas, use your hands to show it. This is a powerful persuasion technique.”

Vanessa Van Edwards explains “Whenever you want to separate two different ideas or things, you can use your hands to symbolically represent them. This is a great way to put distance between two things.

11. Big idea 

17 Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication
Hand Gesture – Big Idea

When you want to talk about concepts and ideas that are big or larger than life, then hand movements that are widespread and larger than the outline of your body can convey the message perfectly. However, it is best to use them sparingly. John Rampton explains “While this can be effective in creating credibility, it is best to use these conservatively because if it is all you ever do, you might get the opposite effect. In fact, people might think you are out of control rather than smart.

12. Growth

Similar to communicating a big idea, talking about growth requires that you move your hands and gestures in an upward motion. This will denote rise, increase, and growth regarding the topic being spoken about. Van Edwards says “This can be used to indicate the expected growth, excitement, or direction where something is headed.

13. Hands on Heart

17 Hand Gestures That Can Improve Your Communication
Hand gesture – Hands on Heart

This is a universal gesture used to show honesty, truthfulness, sincerity and trustworthiness. When you put your hand on your chest, right above your heart, it signifies that you are speaking from your heart. Entrepreneur Derek Halpren says “Touching your heart means: I’m sincere or I really mean it.

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