Body cues speak volumes, according to Patti Wood, body language expert and author of
Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma.  

Cues of dislike:
  • No mirroring of voice and body language. “When we like someone, we match and
    mirror  there voice, tone, tempo and speaking rate…” and body movements too,
    says Wood,  of
  • Neutral  facial expression:
    No empathy or interest expressed in what you’re saying, “We  often express
    interest through raised eye brows and smiles. Or facial  expressions that appear
    to show the opposite emotional reaction to what you are saying.”
  • Eye rolling: A sign of contempt and disrespect for others.
  • Wrinkling of the nose: 
    Indicates that something doesn’t smell right and can be an indication of disrespect.
  • Puts up  barriers, for example, touches cell phone or sips out of coffee cup. “It
    says  symbolically this object is more important than you are, it is what I want
    to  touch and interact with,” says Wood.

There are also gender specific cues
  • For  a  male boss. He stands facing you when giving you directions and sharing 
    information: Standing side to side rather than face to face signifies that a
    man  trusts you and is comfortable with you.
  • For a  female boss. She doesn’t face towards you when you are speaking. Women face
    you  to show they respect you and want to hear you. If she doesn’t like you, she
    may  aim her body away from you, closes her hands and arms over her

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body  Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at Check out Patti's  website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body  Language and  Charisma" at
Also check out Patti's YouTube channel at


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    Patti Wood MA, CSP, gives keynote speeches and training to  Fortune 100 companies, National Associations, Law Enforcement, Hotels and  Hospitals, Universities, and government agencies. The emphasis  of  her degrees are in body language and nonverbal communication. Patti is a former  university instructor
    in body language at Florida State and an author of several  books in communication including SNAP - Making the 
    Most of First Impressions Body Language and Charisma”.
    Patti is a  true body language expert.  Patti  gives insightful and energetic speeches and
    media interviews on body language,  sales, public speaking and customer service.
    She is a CSP (Certified Speaking   Professional) and a member of The National Speakers Association.


    December 2012


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