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How To Tell Your True Personality From Your Signature

How To Tell Your True Personality From Your Signature

The lost art of handwriting is a huge loss–in more ways than one.

In today’s modern world, which is over run by quick communication capabilities–email, text, instant messages, group chats, social media posts and the lists goes on and ON –it is rare to find good-old-fashioned handwritten communication.

We don’t even have to jot ourselves a quick reminder or manually add things to our calendar anymore thanks to apps that allow memos to be transcribed by merely speaking the command into our Smartphone or other device.

We have all but completely eliminated the art of handwriting. The only form of handwritten communication that we see–but is diminishing at a rapid pace–is the personal signature.

Understanding Handwriting Analysis

Graphology is the science of analyzing handwriting for personality traits and has been around since the days of Aristotle.

Today, it has evolved and can be used for a variety of purposes, from criminal investigations to understanding your health. Some employers have even used handwriting analysis to screen potential employees for compatibility.

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In fact, according to master graphologist Kathi McKnight , “Just from analyzing your handwriting, experts can find over 5,000 personality traits.”

When deciphering handwriting, experts consider some of the following elements:

  • Slant
  • Size
  • Pressure
  • Spacing (letter, word and line)
  • Angle
  • Thread
  • legibility

What does your signature say about you?

The signature represents the most personal and intimate handwriting we do. Experts believe that the way you sign your name can reveal a lot about your personality– both in life and business.

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    Here are a few things experts are able to determine about you by just glancing at your signature:

    Letter size:

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    • Small letters are an indicator that you are quiet, shy and possibly withdrawn. It shows that you are meticulous and have great concentration. If the letters are extremely small, it shows you may be a bit egotistical and stingy.

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      • Average sized letters are the trademark of a well adjusted and adaptable individual.
      • Large letters show that are an outgoing, outspoken person that oozes confidence and loves attention. You are also thought to be a bit dreamy and naïve.

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        • When all the letters are of equal size, this indicates modesty and shyness.

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          Legibility:

          • It is believed that people who consistently displays writing that is illegible is arrogant and may assume that everyone knows (or should know) who they are.

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            • While the opposite is true of people with signatures that can easily be read. It shows that you are open, have nothing to hide and are happy with yourself.

            Signature Placement:

            If your signature is more towards the right of the page (or signing area), you are believed to be a forward looking person. Signatures in the center signifies a need for attention and signatures more to the left hints that you may be withdrawn with a tendency to cling to the past.

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              Slant:

              • If your writing tends to slant forward (to the right) or ascends, you probably are outgoing and bubbly and have a positive outlook on life. It is also indicative of your creativity.

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                • If your text slants to the left or down you do not tend to look and move forward often enough and you may be a bit pessimistic.

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                  Style:

                  There are certain styles and embellishment in handwriting–specifically in signatures–that give clues to who really are at your core.

                  • Signatures that are overly fancy and intricate are an indication that you are creative, passionate, boastful and love attention.

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                    • A line that runs through your signature indicates unhappiness and a person who is sensitive highly self-critical.

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                      • A signature that is underlined signifies selfishness, sensitivity a need for recognition and status.

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                        • A signature that has a line that is slightly above your name indicates that you are prone to be a high achiever, ambitious and proud.

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                          Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                          7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                          7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                          When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                          You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                          1. Connecting them with each other

                          Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                          It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                          2. Connect with their emotions

                          Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                          For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                          3. Keep going back to the beginning

                          Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                          On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                          4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                          After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                          Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                          5. Entertain them

                          While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                          Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                          6. Appeal to loyalty

                          Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                          In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                          7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                          Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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