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Chapter 8: Arming Yourself > Touching to Convey Messages

Touching to Convey Messages

The thing about touching is that it means many things to different people. Touching is a great way to offer comfort, create a bond, and increase your influence. Some people use the gesture as a sign of reassurance, support, and encouragement. Others use it as a signal that they want to interrupt you. Touching frequently occurs when someone’s expressing excitement or is feeling festive. You also see people touch one another when there’s a disaster or when they’re listening to another person’s troubles.

The act of touching isn’t straightforward. Touch in an appropriate way and you come across as a caring, sharing kind of person. Touch incorrectly and you’re perceived as an untrustworthy sleaze. Like most things, it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. So heed this advice:


  

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