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Non-verbal exercise

High CQ action: non-verbal behavior requires you to modify your non-verbal behavior in cross-cultural situations when required to do so. This step is an opportunity to practice that CQ behavior.

Identify two non-verbal behaviors you often use. Some examples are people making eye contact while talking, touching the other person when talking to them, standing near a person when conversing, and etc. Do an internet search to see in which cultures these non-verbal behaviors may be annoying or offensive. For one day practice eliminating these two non-verbal behaviors from your interactions.

In the comments below, please share the two behaviors you selected. Discuss and explore the background and reasons behind the annoying and offensive behaviors shared by other learners. Mark this step complete.

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