Body language makes up the largest part of our non-verbal communication - eye contact, gestures, and facial expressions can convey powerful messages. However, there are substantial cultural differences in how people use body language to communicate. Sometimes it is very obvious, many times very subtle. Whether in a culturally diverse company or visiting emerging markets, understanding what people mean through their body language can be a challenge. Even the simple handshake can vary from culture to culture.
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