Tag Archives: social signals

How to Use Social Signals in Conversations

I’ve been intrigued by new research about how we communicate and send social signals during conversations. New technology — the sociometer that measures our natural behaviors in the workplace — is revealing how people interact and work together. But for now, most of us don’t wear devices and don’t have the ability to dissect subtle message […]
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Reading People through Social Signals: Consistency

How good are you at reading people? The more I read about communication social signals, the more I realize how complex we are as human beings. And yet, in conversation, we give off clear indications of how interested we are, how convinced or undecided we are and how open we might be to changing opinion. […]
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The Key Social Signals that Trigger Trust

According to some very intricate data on how we communicate, there are four kinds of social signals that are strongly predictive of future behavior. These signals unconsciously change our impressions of other people’s attention, trust, interest, and focus. But because signaling behaviors happen so quickly in conversations, we’re rarely conscious of how we intuitively sense […]
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4 Honest Social Signals that Unmask Conversations

I’ve been reading about the social signals we give during conversations and how raising our level of awareness can help us communicate better. There are several books about this, reflecting new research on social interactions. In particular, Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World by Alex Pentland of the Human Dynamics Lab at MIT, presents […]
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How We Really Communicate:
Subtle Social Signals

How much do you pay attention to social signals while having a conversation? I’m curious about how we humans seem to unconsciously communicate with one another. Even before we say words, we often intuit how others feel. Scientists call these “honest social signals.” I recently picked up a book about this and am intrigued about […]
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