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Our communication toolbox is wonderfully multi-faceted. It comprises verbal and non-verbal communication. It is very seldom (in normal life) that we only use verbal communication. We use non-verbal communication extensively – our tone of voice, our volume, our pitch, and, of course, our faces and our bodies.

Virtual meetings really allow only our faces to be seen. But what about our hands?

Our hands are skillfully crafted to communicate.

In each hand, there are 27 bones, 51 muscles, 123 ligaments and 48 neurons. There are more neural connections between the brain and the hands than between the brain and any other part of the body.

Of course, the incredible structuring of the hand supports the role they play in achieving our daily tasks. But it also means that our hands are magnificently placed to reflect the emotions our brains are processing – to be a pivotal part of our communication.

But we can’t effectively use our hands during our virtual communication. And that’s a real loss.

Isn’t it interesting that the little virtual platform icons we use to communicate our intentions quickly, without talking, are the “thumbs up” and the “hand up”?

Perhaps it’s why we wave at the end of our virtual meetings. Have you ever waved goodbye to your colleagues in a face-to-face meeting? It’s a strange development. A manifestation, maybe, of how much we need our hands to properly communicate.