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Observation is the key

Interpreting nonverbal communication and body language is equally an art and science.  Keen observation and contextual analysis is good way of becoming proficient. Try to identify basic nonverbal patterns and to co-relate them with different situations and circumstances in which people interact and express themselves on their own.

Airport, railway station, stadium, super market, auditorium, restaurant, park, garden, beach, disco, social club, festival, fair, party, exhibition, gathering, hospital etc. are locations where people of various age groups, ethnicity, costumes, genders, professions, places, status, socio-economical backgrounds and personalities come together and interact with each other and you can observe them comfortably from close distance.

While observing, others should not notice of being observed because they may feel offended or behave differently. Subtlety and secrecy is best policy all the time. Observation without letting others notice it is what exactly investigators or secret agents do routinely by putting glances on their eyes. Developing non-interrogating and relaxed gaze helps you observe safely. Women have an innate ability to observe without even looking at subjects directly.

Other favorable and convenient mediums to watch others are still photographs, motion clips or television broadcasts. Beware before drawing firm conclusions from professional - commercial acts, advertisements or performances as they are scripted and shoot in quite controlled - artificial environments and edited. However, they may help you in sharpening observation skill. Moreover, turning off the volume would be best to become more attuned to bare visual clues.

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