The Impact of an Eyebrow Flash in Building Rapport

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Use of eyebrow flash in helping to build rapportOne subtle yet effective way to build rapport with others is through the use of an eyebrow flash. This simple non-verbal communication gesture can convey friendliness, openness and can help create a positive first impression. When you meet someone for the first time, try raising your eyebrows briefly as a form of greeting. This signals that you are interested in engaging with the person and can help to break the ice.

Sign of Attentive Listening & Agreement

The eyebrow flash can also be used during conversations as a non-verbal way to show attentiveness and agreement. By subtly raising your eyebrows during someone else’s speech, you can signal that you are actively listening and interested in what they have to say. This small gesture can go a long way in building rapport and making the other person feel valued.

Greeting & Building Rapport

So, a good method of greeting someone for you to gain rapport with them at the same time might be like this.

  • Use an eyebrow flash when your eyes meet and say …
  • Hi, my name is Paul, Paul Kent.
  • Thats a great bow tie you are wearing.
  • Can I ask your name please?

Please note this is not necessarily a universally accepted non-verbal signal. However, contra to this it has been noted that primates use it as described here. So, if you are in a country other than the U.K. it might be worth asking a trusted friend or colleague what it means in the specific cultural environment you are in.


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