Today we will discover the body language meaning in Colombia
- Colombian women will often substitute the gesture of holding forearms for a handshake.
- Men shake hands with direct eye contact.
- Once a friendship has developed, greetings become warmer and a lot more hands on – men will embrace and pat each other on the shoulder (known as an “abrazo”) and women kiss once on the right cheek.
- If you are visiting on business and happen to tour a factory, it is polite to shake hands with those workers nearest you.
Etiquette and propriety are important in Colombia, therefore, avoid placing your feet on a table or other piece of furniture, and avoid yawning in public and eating on the streets.
- Tapping the underside of the elbow with the fingers of the other hand suggests that someone is ‘stingy.’
- To indicate that you have finished eating, place the knife and fork horizontally across the plate.
- Hands should be kept visible when eating.
- Resting elbows on the table is considered bad manners.
- Women visitors should be especially sensitive about making any glance or gesture that might be considered flirtatious.
- Colombians are termed as ‘indirect communicators’ – this means there is more information within body language and context rather than the words, i.e. if you ask someone to do something and they reply ‘I will have to see’, it would be up to you to read their body language and realize that they can not do it.