Togo Body Talk Togo West Africa Wednesday, May 2, 2007
My body talks, I think the language of body talk here in Togo iis about a 90-10 ratio. What I say with words has about a 10 percent value and what I say with my body has a 90 percent. When the Togo people talk to me, they talk with their bodies.
I think the USA is about a 60-40 ratio, 60 percent with body and 40 percent with words, and words can totally over ride the body language. I trust body talk more than words. Here in Togo, words cannot override body language easily, unless accompanied by a lot of jumping and waving or body language.
When I walk by a Togo or West Africa person I say to them. - I am Yeebow of White Man.
They holler at me. - IF I turn my head
The are in control, if I do not turn my head, I am in control, If when they call, I listen and go over, they are in control.
I am spending a lot of time in negotiations, fun and hilarious to me, but intriguing as can be also, how to learn to talk 100 percent with my body language, and to remember not to use words.
I love to play, and this is play, I can tease, joke, flirt and control with my body language, or allow control. I like to allow a tour guide to control, it just makes sense. I do not allow a Taxi driver to control my life or destiny.
I normally try to listen to the Hotel staff more than others, and I put the guidebooks at the very top of my list of who I listen too. But that is not body talk.
Hmm, maybe I listen to me, the big I, myself first.
Body talk is fun, but I have to remember and remind myself to talk with my body, my eyes, and say what I want to say. I also have to remember these are big men, I try to remember to not tell to many bif one to go and F 93 k themselves with body language.
I also have to be careful with women, they follow me to the room, as I was not putting as much value on body talk as them.
I remember now, what I said… to the girl in the market with my body and actions, it was very clear, she saw my eyes.
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