Your Guide To Very Essential Non-Verbal Communication Signals

As most people know, there are agreed upon nonverbal signals ranging from fairly minor – like the “okay” signal or an eye roll to communicate an “Oh, brother” reaction – to very important non-verbal distress signals.



But the truth is, there are an incredible number of situations in which non-verbal communication is crucial. ย Here are some of the more handy ones:







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63 Comments on “Your Guide To Very Essential Non-Verbal Communication Signals”

  1. mbaignoire Says:

    I need a sign for sarcasm. Air quotes just ruin it, and I misleadingly look too sweet to ever be sarcastic.


  2. Le Clown Says:

    The Byronic Man,
    Odd that you interpret my thumbs up for a great post for something someone crude would do.

    Le Clown


  3. speaker7 Says:

    Brilliant as usual or as my face would say: ๐Ÿ™„


  4. mairedubhtx Says:

    Your artwork is superb. Have you thought of submitting it to a museum, perhaps?


  5. BrainRants Says:

    I’d use my favorite nonverbal gesture, but nothing here warrants it, TBM. By the way, what’s wrong with a vat of horseradish?


  6. Go Jules Go Says:

    Hee hee hee Love it. (Well, except the dishwasher one.) I especially like the guy who’s sharing all the secrets.


  7. Michael Says:

    My favorite’s the Face-Melty Guy. It’s a good thing the Ark is being kept safely away in that warehouse being examined by top men. Top. Men.


  8. mistyslaws Says:

    Phew! Thank you so much for this handy guide. I don’t know how I would have reacted otherwise were I to encounter the Ark. Now I know. Face meltingly. Got it. Good tip!


  9. MotherJam Says:

    so you can imagine my pain–only being able to move one eye.


  10. donofalltrades Says:

    Ha, love me some drawerings! Nice work, sir.


  11. thefoodandwinehedonist Says:

    Can I make a suggestion that hopefully won’t cause u too much trouble? Can u put you URL in the bottom corner of these? I sooooo want to share te meeting one…

    Of course if it is trouble, then you can draw up another cartoon for showing the body language for infuriating technology that should be “easy”


  12. pegoleg Says:

    Love the nuclear cloud above the head of the betrayee.


  13. angeliquejamail Says:

    I’m so glad you got over the f***-strength jealousy (see how I referenced your earlier post on your new JAFFEE Awards? I really am caught up on my reading, honest, even at the end of the semester, yup) and started posting your stick-figure drawings again.


  14. Says:

    Horseradish is icky. I recognized that face.

    Fun post! You ROCK.


  15. Hippie Cahier Says:

    The choker’s nonverbal also seems to communicate a zen-like acceptance of his/her impending demise. Nice work ::exclamation point::


  16. Elyse Says:

    Is it permissible to comment on non-verbal communications with actual words?


  17. Lorna's Voice Says:

    There must be a gallery willing to display your art. It’s so avante guarde. And quirky. Just the thing rich people pay big bucks for. If not, maybe you could develop flash cards for International Business Communication seminars. Why aren’t you a bazzillionaire, B-Man?


  18. Jackie Cangro Says:

    The last one looks like an early study of a Dali painting. Nicely done.


  19. silkpurseproductions Says:

    This is a great beginning to a much needed “Non Verbal Signs for Dummies” book. I’d say you have a lot of people willing to contribute. Make sure you include the one for sarcasm and you will be rich and famous. Ok, more rich and famous.


  20. rachelocal Says:

    I think this should be a regular feature.


  21. She's a Maineiac Says:

    The dishwasher one is me for sure. (the ark of the covenant FYI one made me shoot coffee out the nose, for the third time this week. WTF, B-man??? I’m officially JAF of YOU, you big ol’ WordTurd. (sorry, I guess I’m a wee bit grumpy today)


    • The Byronic Man Says:

      The alternate caption was “The garbage needs to go out but it’s slightly cold and/or rainy.” I kind of like that one better, but I didn’t have time to change it. Plus, the dishwasher plagues me. It PLAGUES ME.


  22. brickhousechick Says:

    I so do not have a poker face. You can read me even if I’m not in the room! My expressions tell my whole story. Funny post! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • The Byronic Man Says:

      I always like people like that – that their faces just radiate whatever they’re feeling. People like that are usually so honest and open. I guess they have no choice.


      • brickhousechick Says:

        As a teen, when I would come home late and my father would get mad at me, I looked guilty even if I hadn’t done anything bad! So my face radiates feelings I’m not even feeling! LOL


  23. UndercoverL Says:

    That last look is exactly what happened to me last time I cleaned out the fridge. I think I threw the Ark of the Covenant away. Sorry, everyone. It looked like moldy broccoli cheese soup in there. I wasn’t taking any chances.


  24. Don't Quote Lily Says:

    Love this. You are so talented. Too talented.
    Maybe one of these days you should let us see a less perfect side of you, to remind us that you are indeed human…unless maybe you’re not… ๐Ÿ˜ณ


  25. Pleun Says:

    Thanks for this handy guide. It seems that the non-verbal communication is cross-cultural. Cool!


  26. Daile Says:

    The old horseradish face. Gets me every time


  27. thesinglecell Says:

    I was in a meeting yesterday in which, instead of doing the gun-to-the-head thing, the only man in the room pretended to hang himself with his necktie.

    Draw, please.


  28. Deborah the Closet Monster Says:

    I will not be distributing this to colleagues, but the probability of this raining upon my friends is very, very high.


  29. busymindthinking Says:

    I’m new to your site and believe I’m going to have a great time following your posts and working through your older ones. Blessings on your day.


  30. Andrea Says:

    Please demonstrate the aforementioned eye rolling via stick figure……


  31. girlonthecontrary Says:

    Man, I wish I had known the “Ark of the Covenant” has just been opened non-verbal expression yesterday, because that would have come in handy. Now it’s too late.


  32. Arman Says:

    hilarious stick figures! WHERE in the world did you find? make them? how? now I am so jealous ๐Ÿ˜›



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