Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Space Invaders

When you are speaking with someone at a networking event, always be aware and respectful of their 'personal space'. Edward T Hall defined 'Personal Space' as "the region surrounding a person that effects them psychologically in terms of it being their domain or territory, or about which they feel uncomfortable if entered by another."*

We all have different levels of personal space that we are comfortable with but you can be fairly sure that putting your face right next to the person you are speaking with could well be breaking that 'comfort zone'!

If someone is standing too close to you, just take a step back as you talk. Hopefully they will pick this up and the conversation will be easier.

*Hall, Edward T. (1966). The Hidden Dimension. Anchor Books. ISBN 0-385-08476-5.

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