A4: Will Hand Gestures and Body Language Affect My Cross-Cultural Communication?

Hand gestures communicate messages and emotions to others.  Before communicating non-verbally with people from different cultures, you need to be sensitive to the meaning of gestures. Those considered positive gestures in one country may be thought of as offensive in another. Consider the following YouTube video on hand gestures to improve your communication skills.

Body Language video:  Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has produced some advertisements promoting cross-cultural awareness. Here is one demonstrating cross-cultural differences in gestures and body language: 


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