Keeping objects (like phones, bags, or glasses) out of the way when talking signals that you are fully present and open to the interaction.
What it Means: Removing physical barriers between you and the other person indicates that you're giving them your full attention.
Objects—anything from your notebook, coffee mug, or even a desk—can act as distractions or shields, so keeping the space clear demonstrates your interest in a meaningful exchange.
Even having your smartphone nearby can reduce your cognitive function7!
How to Use it: When you're in a conversation, be mindful of any objects you may be holding or actions you might be performing that could create a barrier. Put your phone down or away, keep bags or other items to the side, and make sure your hands are free to gesture naturally. This will not only make you appear more open but will also encourage the other person to do the same.
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