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Body language – The Power is in The Palm of Your Hands by Allan Pease (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript and summary of Allan Pease’s talk titled “Body language – The Power is in The Palm of Your Hands” at TEDxMacquarieUniversity conference. In this TEDx talk, Allan explores the significance of hand gestures, particularly during handshakes, and how they can influence perceptions in social and professional interactions.

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Good morning. Before we kick off let’s get a bit of light in the room guys, so I can see the faces of the participants that we get little lighter and see where you are. That’s a bit better. Good.

Everybody hold your right hand in front like this in a handshaking position. Uncross your legs. Relaxed position. Right hand in front.

When I say the word, “Now” here’s what we’re going to do. I am going to ask you to turn to someone besides you, shake hands as if you’re meeting for the first time and keep pumping till I ask you to stop. Then you’ll stop and freeze it and we’re going to analyze what’s happening. You got that? You don’t have time to think about this. Do it now. Pick anybody and pump. Pump, everybody.

Pump! Pump! Pump!

Freeze it. Hold it. Stop. Hold it. Freeze it.

Keep your hands locked. Keep them locked. Person’s whose hand is most on top is saying I’ll be the boss for the rest of the day.

And when you meet people for the very first time, the first 4-minutes of meeting a new person you decide pretty much 80% of your attitude about it, don’t you? You decide in the first 4-minutes of meeting somebody if you’ll give them a fair go, a fair hearing or if you’re going to reject them.

The first thing is likely to happen is a handshake. And I’m going to try a couple in the front row here. You get one of three feelings when you lock hands with people. First feeling is — it feels pretty good. I think you and I will get on pretty well. I think we could do business together. We’re going to get on well. That was a good one.

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