Day 2: What Inclusive Body Language Adds To A Conversation

It’s not always easy to notice, but the way you stand in a conversation tells a lot about how interested you are in an outsider’s involvement. If you and your friends are standing close to one another, shoulders practically touching, it becomes especially difficult—perhaps impossible—for another person to feel comfortable “breaking-up” that seemingly intimate conversation.

There are many ways to display a more inclusive body language. Simply taking a step back and opening up the circle so as to allow others to join creates the impression that you’re eager for others to participate in your conversation.

“Save a Seat for Bracha”, is a popular phrase within Yachad to remind people of how to be cognizant of their surroundings and welcoming to others. The task is simple: When someone new enters a conversation, she is to bring an extra chair with them, encouraging the next person to have a seat without feeling like she’s inconveniencing the group. The same method is easily applied to standing conversations as well; if you’re the newest person to join, make sure that there’s enough room for someone else to enter.  




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