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RealSimple.com: How to Make a Good First Impression

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When your face is neutral, it indicates that you’re not engaged. Just a slight head tilt powerfully conveys the message that you’re listening. A quick eyebrow arch is another small but effective gesture that communicates curiosity. You often hear that you should mirror the body language of the person you’re talking to, and that’s true, to a point. For example, if someone is talking quietly, respond in a soft voice. But don’t go overboard. You don’t want to seem like you’re mimicking the person to whom you’re speaking.

Joe Navarro, a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation with 25 years of service, is the author of the book What Every Body Is Saying ($20, amazon.com).

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