Published On: Mon, Nov 30th, 2015

Dispelling the myths of body language and public etiquette

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Since time immemorial, we have been told to sit, walk and eat in a particular way to give out a strong impression to others, but there are certain myths that need to be broken. It’s alright to extend a handshake to a lady or eating pizza with your hand during meeting people in public, says an expert.

Sheena Agarwaal, director, Urbanista Image Consulting, tells us that it is alright “to be yourself” and break some traditional rules of public meeting that are absolutely perfect.

Sheena Agarwaal, director, Urbanista Image Consulting, tells us that it is alright “to be yourself” and break some traditional rules of public meeting that are absolutely perfect.

Don’t go for direct eye contact. A more effective way to ensure you look interested and engaged is to look at different parts of someone’s face every two seconds, rotating from eyes, to nose, to lips, so you’re never just drilling into the interviewer’s eyes.

Don’t go for direct eye contact. A more effective way to ensure you look interested and engaged is to look at different parts of someone’s face every two seconds, rotating from eyes, to nose, to lips, so you’re never just drilling into the interviewer’s eyes.

It’s okay to extend a handshake to a lady. While it was earlier believed that one must refrain from any contact, today’s business world is gender neutral and handshakes are absolutely acceptable.

It’s okay to extend a handshake to a lady. While it was earlier believed that one must refrain from any contact, today’s business world is gender neutral and handshakes are absolutely acceptable.

Eating pizza with your hand is absolutely acceptable. Contrary to popular belief, one need not use a fork and knife to eat a pizza. One can very well pick up a slice fold it from the two ends and eat it.

Eating pizza with your hand is absolutely acceptable. Contrary to popular belief, one need not use a fork and knife to eat a pizza. One can very well pick up a slice fold it from the two ends and eat it.

 It’s absolutely okay to pick your teeth while on the dining table. One just needs to cover the mouth with the other hand. This picture is certainly NOT the way to go about it.


It’s absolutely okay to pick your teeth while on the dining table. One just needs to cover the mouth with the other hand. This picture is certainly NOT the way to go about it.

If someone has their arms folded across, they are not necessarily uninterested in having a conversation with you. It could also mean that they are feeling cold.

If someone has their arms folded across, they are not necessarily uninterested in having a conversation with you. It could also mean that they are feeling cold.

 

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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