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Apply 3-V Impact: Strengthen Your Visual, Verbal, and Vocal Image by Laura Stack

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Let’s talk first about your visual image.  Again, this is how you appear and what the audience sees.

When you talk, people observe individual body language signals that say to them, “Hmm, this person seems to be closed to my ideas.”  For example, if you observe the other person’s arms crossed in front of his or her body, you might read that as defensiveness or disagreement.  This is sometimes called a “blocking signal.”  Does it necessarily mean that you disagree?  No, not really, but that’s how it can be perceived.  

Look at others’ body language and how it signals you on whether they’re “open” or “closed.”  Body language is perceived in certain ways, whether you mean to or not.  So if you run the risk of being perceived a certain ...

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