Subject: Re: Reading Non-verbals
Hi Lesley,

Only the smile is universal. Pouring wine with your left hand, giving a "thumbs up" sign, and exposing the sole of your shoe are rude or insulting gestures in some parts of the world. Even the common American "OK" sign can mean zero, money, or a sexual reference, depending on the country you're in. A good reference to help arm yourself against committing any such faux pas is Roger Axtell's illuminating "Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World" (published by John Wiley & Sons). Make sure you get the revised edition. Amazon has it at:

Doug San Francisco