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Nervous Gestures

Nervous gestures such as pen popping, hair twirling and nail biting are ‘little things’ that can help you lose credibility faster than anything.  Unfortunately, when someone has a nervous gesture, the person with whom they are communicating often loses focus on the conversation at hand.  The nervous gesture becomes the main attraction and the actual topic gets lost in the inadvertent ‘shuffle’.

Be aware of your gestures throughout the day, you want to appear confident and competent.  Don’t let these subtle little ‘habits’ undermine your authority.

Below are a few of the ‘little things’ that can be misinterpreted as lack of confidence:

  • Biting or chewing fingernails
  • Playing with hair
  • Wringing hands
  • Tapping feet, wiggling, etc.
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Nervous laughter
  • Drumming fingers
  • Playing with objects
  • Tapping feet or bouncing knees up and down

You want to be remembered for your self-confidence, poise and polish!

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday.

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3 Comments

  1. Great post, Carey! Always very important in making a good impression.

  2. Christi says:

    I guest lectured a couple of weeks ago in an undergraduate PR class and there was a female student in the first row who kept making fish faces at me. Seriously. I don’t think she had any idea.

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