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Life long learning to be silent

“It took years to learn to speak and a life long to be silent.”

With these words the famous writer Ernest Hemingway, a master of words, brings it to the point what nonverbal communication is about.

It takes a bit longer than two years for a child to learn to speak, Hemingway’s focus is true.

Mankind belongs to the speaking and reflection species of nature. This is connected with the competence ……………..

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Friendly souverenity of a German Manager – Managers` nonverbal behavior patterns on stage – (video) 2

This German manager looks very friendly. His facial expression is open and his eyes want to reach everybody on the panel and in the audience. His facial expression supports his words by an obvious modulation of intonation.

Looking around to the others on the panel brings up to my mind the idea of: making contact to everybody there, ant taking this as important nonverbal communication, shows that it is important for him to be in contact with, in order to answer the question or to show his position, concerning the one or the other issue he is asked to talk about. Behaving like this gives  a kind of sovereignty. This is ……………..

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Managers` nonverbal behavior patterns on stage – basic difference between Germans and Chinese – 1

Basic differences – observing managers on stage while joining a panel discussion at the China-Germany business forum in Cologne 14th of September in Cologne.

You can at once realize basic obvious differences in behavior patterns.  While the Chinese managers mostly directly face the audience or the moderator answering their questions, German managers more often look around to the audience, the moderator, the other managers on the panel and back. They instead of the Chinese managers take the panel and the stage as a space where they move around by looking. Answering the questions changes into a scenario of a visual dialogue. This dialogue is supported by a rich facial expression.

Chinese managers instead of this more often look ……….

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