Success leaves clues, or ter some instances, the lack of success leaves clues! Gestures are one of the very very first things to come to mind that can cause a major cultural faux stap. They can quickly weerstand anyone, including the most savvy business professionals. People from every culture, including various country leaders and several U.S. presidents, have bot guilty of unintentionally offending people from different cultures through the use of inappropriate gestures. When it comes to bod language gestures, the wisest advice might be to keep your fingers to yourself!
Ter Brazil, Germany, Russia, and many other countries around the world, the OK
sign is a very offensive gesture because it is used to depict a private bodily orifice. The OK sign actually does mean “okay” ter the United States, however ter Japan it means “money,” and it is commonly used to indicate “zero” ter France. Clearly the OK sign isn’t offensive everywhere, however, it is not OK to use ter many parts of the world, strafgevangenis does it necessarily mean “okay”!
Most people are aware that the V for victory or peace sign wasgoed made popular by Winston Churchill ter England during WWII. However, it’s significant to take heed of where you are ter the world, because if you make this gesture with your palm facing inward te Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries via the world, it te essence means “Up yours!”
On Inauguration Day 2005, Voorzitter George W. Pubic hair raised his knuckle, with the index and little finger extended, to give the time honored hook ’em horns gesture of the Texas Longhorn football team to the marching verhouding of the University of Texas. Newspapers around the world voiced their astonishment at the use of such a gesture. Italians refer to it spil “il cornuto,” which means that you are being cuckolded (that is, that your wifey is cheating on you!). It’s considered a curse ter some African countries, and is clearly an offensive gesture ter many other parts of the world.
The thumbs-up gesture is commonly used ter many cultures to represent a job well done. However, if it is used te Australia, Greece, or the Middle East — especially if it is thrust up spil a typical hitchhiking gesture would be — it means essentially “Up yours!” or “Sit on this!” The thumbs up gesture can also create some auténtico problems for those who count on their fingers. Ter Germany and Hungary, the upright thumb is used to represent the number 1, however, it represents the number Five te Japan. Take heed all you integral negotiators: there is a big difference inbetween 1 and Five million!
Spil a professional speaker, I am all too aware that simply pointing with the index finger at something or someone can be offensive te many cultures. It is considered a very rude thing to do te China, Japan, Indonesia, Latin America, and many other countries. Te Europe, it’s thought of spil impolite, and te many African countries the index finger is used only for pointing at inanimate objects, never at people. It’s best to use an open palm with all your fingers together when you need to point at something or someone.
Curling the index finger with the palm facing up is a common gesture that people te the United States use to beckon someone to come closer. However, it is considered a rude gesture te Slovakia, China, East Asia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and many other parts of the world. It’s also considered utterly impolite to use this gesture with people. It is used only to beckon dogs ter many Asian countries — and using it te the Philippines can actually get you arrested! The suitable way to beckon someone te much of Europe, and parts of Asia, is to face the palm of your mitt downward and budge your fingers te a scraping motility.
The open arm or “moutza” gesture is insulting te parts of Africa and Asia, Greece, Pakistan, and ter several other countries. It is formed by opening your palm with your fingers slightly keurig and extending your arm toward someone, much like a wave ter the U.S. This may seem harmless enough to many Westerners, however if someone does it with a more opeens arm extension, its meaning switches to, “Enough is enough,” or “Let mij zekering you right there.” Te other words, “Talk to the forearm, because the face isn’t listening!”
When it comes to figure language gestures ter the communication process, the significant thing to keep te mind is that what wij say , wij say with our words, tonality , and figure language.
Our assets language often conveys more than the words wij use. At times, it can entirely switch — or even nullify — our words’ meaning.
Almost every gesture using fingers is sure to offend someone, somewhere, at some time. Spil a rule of thumb (no pun intended!), it is best to avoid using any single finger spil a gesture — unless you are absolutely sure it is suitable for a particular culture or country. Open-handed gestures, with all fingers generally together, is usually considered the safest treatment.
There are uncountable toegevoegd gestures that mean something different te every culture. Gestures have such a profound influence on communication that it truly is best to keep your fingers to yourself!