Non Verbal Language

Focus today on your Sensory Acuity


In Neuro-linguistic Programming Sensory acuity is defined as the ability to observe, examine, and interpret the external cues of people. Being able to notice and be aware of the non-verbal communication which takes place.


EyeSensory acuity is used for training our minds to listen with your Eyes...


The non-verbal communication Clues - we calibrate:


1. Skin Colour (from light to dark)

2. Skin Tonus (facial muscle tone)

3. Breathing (rate and location)

4. Bottom Lip (lines or no lines)

5. Eyes (Pupils dialation / focus or defocus)


Advance you sensory Acuity by also tuning into...

  • Voice Quality (accents, diminshed voice, intonation patterns, predicates)
  • Eye Patterns (eye movements and blinking rate)
  • Micro muscle movements (twitches, movements of the whole body)
  • Energy Awareness (kinesthethic feelings)


When observing the non verbal communication of others use the Skills of
a Dectective, in a non judgemental way - Remember it's important to "call it as you see it", for example when we use our skills of observation we would conclude that "the corners of her mouth turned upwards" and not mindread that she smiled or she is feeling happy (that would be a halucination).


How to practise these skills today...

Focus on just one or two areas (eg. lip size)

Covertly practise: At work - notice your colleagues lips, get into a conversation and notice their lips as they talk about what they did over the weekend. (observe lines or no lines).

Be up front: and ask for some help, explain to a co-worker at lunch that you are practising your skills of reading faces and ask if they would like to play. (Ask them to think about and/or talk about something they loved doing over the weekend - observe the 5 ques. Then ask them to talk about or think about something they dislike about the weekend - again observe their non verbal ques.).

On the bus or train: Use your periphial vision and pay attention to the breathing location and rate of people opposite or around you.

Tonight At Home: you could a talk show or reality TV show and focus on just one or two areas - for example notice the colour and skin tonus.

Listen to the radio
and pay attention to which words they accentuate and their intonation patterns.

Self Observation: notice your own breathing rate and location throughout the day, (notice if you hold your breath when your feeling stressed or frustrated).


Do you have any questions or further hints ? use our NLP Practicum registration form and we'll happily email you personally and share in our next blog any other comments or suggestions of ways to practise and enhance your skills of Sensory Acuity.


Upcoming events

  • No upcoming events available