Non-verbal Communication in Action
When Michelle Obama met Silvio Berlusconi for the first time, the two warmly embraced with two kisses on the cheek. Later, Berlusconi was quoted in the press as having described Barack Obama as having ‘a great tan’. The next time Michelle Obama and Berlusconi met, he leaned forward to embrace her, but she extended her hand for a more distanced handshake. Was meaning communicated? Absolutely. Her body language clearly displayed the social distance that she wanted to put between herself and Berlusconi.