Your coworker is spazzing about your joint presentation; you need her to just chill out. Tap her on the backof her hand and clearly say, “We’ve got this,” advises Robert Phipps, author of Body Language: It’s WhatYou Don’t Say That Matters. “Just remember that the touch should last no longer than two seconds.Anything longer can come off as creepy.”
If you’re a manager, give your employee a light one-second touch on the shoulder when issuinginstructions, says David Givens, author of Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language ofCourtship. “It’s a subtle show of dominance that makes it clear you’re in charge.”
Hint at Interest
Most men require subtle “green light” signals from women at the very beginning of romantic relationships,says Givens. When you’re, say, laughing at one of his jokes, nudge him on the shoulder or squeeze hisarm. “You’ll help reinforce the emotional bond you’re creating,” says Phipps.