Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World

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Wiley, Oct 28, 1997 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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As featured in the New York Times and Reader′s Digest "Aneye–opener into the pitfalls awaiting the unaware traveler."–Washington Post "Can save the innocent abroad from great gobs ofserious trouble." –Chicago Tribune Before you raise your hand tosignal the waiter, extend your thumb to hitchhike, or flash the"O.K." sign with thumb and forefinger, Stop! Think of where you areand exactly what you are trying to say–otherwise you could createan international incident. Remember when President Bush thought hewas flashing the "V" for Victory sign to cheering Australians? (Seeinside.) Exploring the ins and outs of body language from head totoe, this newly revised and expanded edition of Roger Axtell′sindispensable guide takes you all around the world of gestures–whatthey mean, how to use them, and when to avoid them. This latestedition includes:
∗ Updates about the 200 most popular gestures and signals–anddozens of new examples
∗ New sections covering special gestures–from American SignLanguage and tai chi to flirting and kissing
∗ Information to guide you through gestures country by country–fromSwitzerland to Japan, Nigeria to the Netherlands
∗ Amusing anecdotes and helpful hypothetical scenarios

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Contents

Preface
ix
Acknowledgments
xii
Introduction
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About the author (1997)

ROGER E. AXTELL is a popular after-dinner speaker and the bestselling author of seven Do's and Taboos books (all available from Wiley), including Do's and Taboos Around the World and Do's and Taboos of Preparing for Your Trip Abroad. He lives in Wisconsin.

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