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Experiment No. 003:
Do a count gesture

Your Mission

At least once when speaking with someone today, underscore what you are saying by representing ideas on your fingers.


Iconic gesturing


Influence, Communication, Delivery


Illustrate each point on your hand while saying “We have 2 things to think about today. The first thing is (touch one finger), the second thing is (switch to another finger).


Gestures make messages more sticky and memorable. In our research, we found that people named as highly charismatic have a habit of using illustrative gestures—especially counting gestures—to make the points have a visual impact.



This Experiment was created by LeeAnn Renninger, PhD