Non Verbal Communication
Indications of Nervousness
Indications of Tension
Nervousness can be a turn-off. If you’re going to be interviewed in a television show (hey, who knows?), you
should be aware of your body movements. Signals conveyed by nervous people include:
- Their fists are clenched.
- Their hands or feet are tapping.
- The bottom edges between the fingers of one hand are clenched with the bottom edges between the fingers of
the other hand. This is the position of the hands when praying.
- Hands are interlocked (flesh between thumb and index finger of one hand joined with flesh between thumb and
index finger of another hand) and pressing each other.
- They speak in a high-pitched, fast-paced, stuttering voice.
- They whistle to conceal and fight their nervousness.
- They are often clearing their throat.
- One hand is clutching the other hand, wrist, arm, or elbow.
- Their arms are at the back, where one hand is pressing the wrist or arm.
- Their arms are crossed, but they are gripping their biceps.
- Their legs are crossed while standing.
- They have a wilted handshake, palms pointing upwards.
- Their eyes evade you.
- Their ankles are locked or glued to each other. When accompanied by clenched fists, this may indicate that
they are holding back strong emotions or feelings.