Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Body Language 1. 254 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Giving and taking.Place your hand out with the palm turned upward to propose a new idea or ask for something. This gesture means, "This idea deserves your special attention," or "I appeal to you to help me with this." This is the most widely used gesture because it is forceful without being as blunt as the pointed finger. Raising a fist.A raised fist shows strong feelings, such as anger or determination. This is an incendiary motion, so use it with care. Pointing.Point your open hand to indicate position, to call attention to an object or idea, to show direction, or to make an accusation. Rejecting.Show that you discard an idea by giving a sweeping gesture with your hand, palm downward. This gesture would be used with a statement such as, "That idea is not worth considering." Dividing.When you wish to show that you are separating ideas into different parts, hold your palms in a vertical position and move your hands from side to side. This cutting and separating gesture parts ideas and allows new ones to form. Warning.Place your hand straight out like a stop signal--palm out, heel of the hand down-- to caution listeners. This gesture can also be used to calm an audience or to prepare listeners to accept another idea. However, don't force it. Don't assume gestures and mannerisms that are alien to your personality. It will show, believe me. Groove to the Beat As stressed earlier, everyone varies the standard body gestures slightly, adapting them to individual speaking styles. Nonetheless, all successful body language has three qualities in common. Effective