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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventilator (the)Ventilator (the): When a person pulls at an article of clothing, usually a shirt collar in and out so as to remove heat.  The ventilator is indicating a desire to cool due to high stress.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 5BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 3 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Denial Or Ventral Distancing 4Ventral denial or ventral distancing:

A term first introduced by Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro in his book What Every Body is Saying and Louder Than Words.  It is the opposite nonverbal cue to ventral fronting and indicates that a person dislikes or lacks agreement.  Ventral distancing includes slouching, lean backward, orienting the torso away, or placing objects in front of the body such as clothing or books.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 4 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 3 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Displays 1Ventral displays: A term first introduced by Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro in his book What Every Body is Saying and Louder Than Words.  Torsos house important vital organs that are responsible for keeping the body alive.  Heart, lungs, liver, intestines and so forth are all easily accessible through a thin layer of skin, fat, muscle and sometimes ribs and a sternum and exposing our ventral side means that we trust we won’t be attacked and is therefore a signal of openness and liking.  Ventral sides are usually oriented toward people we like and away from those we dislike.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Fronting 1 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Fronting 2 BodyLanguageProjectCom - Ventral Fronting 3Ventral fronting: A term first introduced by Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro in his book What Every Body is Saying and Louder Than Words.  Is the opposite nonverbal cue to ventral denial and indicates that a person likes and is in agreement with another.  Ventral fronting includes orienting the body toward someone directly, leaning toward a person, increasing proximity and removing objects to create a clear view.

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Verbal eloquence: Refers to the method with which people speak and the contents of their sentences.  Eloquence is soothing to listeners.  Eloquence includes characteristics such as deliberate, interesting, concise and articulate.  Frequently verbal eloquence comes with rehearsal rather than naturally although when done properly seems effortless.

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Verbal mirroring: A rapport building technique that involves matching the style of a speaker including some of the words they use and their representational system, be it visual, auditory or kinesthetic as well as other facets such as accent, draw, speed, tonality, volume, etc.  Proper verbal mirroring creates empathy quickly between near strangers.

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Visual learners or visual communicators: Account for around 35% of the population.  They will prefer charts, maps, graphs, data, images and photographs.  Tailoring visual representations to visual learners will make any pitch more effective.  Visual communicators use phrases such as: Can you picture this? Just envision this.  This isn’t what it appears to be.  It’s a transparent deal.  Let me illustrate this.  Here’s what it looks like.  Our goal is in sight.  Can you see what I mean.  It’s crystal clear.  Let’s take a closer look.  Here’s a demonstration to show you.  Look, we have a lot to offer.  Imagine what can be done.

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Virtual body language: Stemming from research by Dr. Yee out of Stanford University in 2007 into the online gaming industry, it was found that even in a virtual world people maintain nonverbal rules.  He found that male characters tended to hold larger distances between other males and females tended to hold less distance between themselves and other females just like real life.  Male characters also maintained less eye contact with other males whereas females did not.

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Vocal emotion: Vocal emotion conveys various feelings such as happiness, excitement, anger, fear, grief, lust and so forth.

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Voice accents: A voice trait reflecting differences in nationality or regionality.  Accents can provide clues to the nonverbalist by dictating a targets origins and upbringing and hence their personalities and personal values.  Misreading those with accents that cause broken language can wrongfully read a person as shy, nervous, lacking in self confidence or unintelligent when they might otherwise hold opposite traits when conversing in their native language.

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Voice breathiness: A voice trait that has an unusual aimed at seduction though can also be due to illness.  Other reasons to add heavy breath while speaking includes anger, excitement, frustration, out of breath (exercise or fatigue), disbelief, nervousness, surprise, or stress.

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Voice clarity: Includes voice qualities such as enunciation, mumbling, precision and distortion.

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Voice contrast: The variability in the voice in terms including volume (loud or soft), speed (fast or slow), and pitch (high or low).

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Voice hesitation: A quality of the voice that includes starts and stops due to difficulty in finding words.

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Voice intonation or voice emphasis or voice intensity: A stressing of syllables and words that function to produce different meanings.  This voice trait is not as important while speaking English, but many language use intonation to communicate various emotions and meanings.

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Voice language: A voice quality that includes slang, proper grammar, use of clichés and colloquialisms.

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Voice pauses: The use of pauses to create emphasis, dramatic effect and to allow a listener to process incoming information.

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Voice pretentiousness or pretension or snobbery in the voice: A haughty voice.  This voice trait signifies a desire to present an image of success, sophistication, intelligence, wealth, or upper class-values.  While the aim is to appear better than others, pretentious voices often signifies insecurity, approval seeking and a desire for recognition.  A person who speaks snobbishly usually believes that they are better and more intelligent than others.

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Voice rate or voice speed: A paralingual feature of the voice describing the speed with which words are delivered.  It can vary from high energy or fast talking to low energy or slow talking.  In terms of emotions, the faster a person talks the more angry or excited they are, and the slower a person talks the more sadness is present.  Studies show that fast talkers are considered more intelligent and more knowledgeable than slow talkers.

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Voice tempo: Refers to the speed, variability, rhythm and pacing of the voice.

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Voice tonality or tone: Refers to the pitch or depth of the voice.  Men normally have a much lower pitch then woman, where pitch refers to the highness or lowness of the voice.  A low tone indicates dominance and is an attractive feature in men.

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Voice traits: Characteristics of the voice of which outline hidden meaning about the speaker such as loud or soft voice, rapid speech or slow speech, halting speech, pitch, intonation and emphasis, flat or unemotional voice, pretension, snobbery, whining, raspy voice, mumbling and accents among others.

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Voice volume: A characteristic of the voice linked to specific meaning.  A loud voice is an indication of confidence, anger, and enthusiasm whereas a quiet voice is linked to shyness, calmness and a lack of enthusiasm.  At other times soft whispers can be used to draw people in closer and control them.

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Von Osten: A 1800’s German based high school teacher who studied phrenology which is a now discredited theory that intelligence, character and personality traits are based on the shapes and bumps on someone’s head.  He later teamed up with a horse named Hans who was able to read body language to solve mathematical problems.

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Vrij, Aldert: Psychology research professor at the University of Portsmouth.  Professor Vrij is a leading researcher in nonverbal and verbal cues of deception and lie detection and has published over 325 articles and book chapters on the subject.  His book “Detecting lies and deceit: pitfalls and opportunities” is “a comprehensive text about deception and lie detection. It describes the lie detection tools used to date and discusses the problems related to these tools. It also gives guidelines on how to improve lie detection.”  Mr. Vrij is also an advisor to police on interviews with suspects and frequently acts as an Expert Witness in court.

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BodyLanguageProjectCom - V-sign Or Victory SignV-sign or victory sign: With the palm facing outward toward another, the v-shape is made with the index finger and the middle finger with the rest of the fingers tucking into the palm.  In the West it signifies victory or peach, but when the palm faces inward, it is considered an insult in certain cultures.

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