The Eyebrow Raise

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The Eyebrow Raise

What does it mean when someone raises their eyebrows? It can mean recognition or engagement.

The Eyebrow Raise and Engagement

When I am in a conversation with someone, I’m always on the lookout for a topic that interests them. When I stumble across something that peaks their interest, I know it because they will raise their eyebrows.

If I want to show someone that I’m engaged in the conversation and interested in what they’re saying, I will raise my eyebrows.

The Eyebrow Raise and Recognition

When we recognize someone we will raise our eyebrows (and smile if we like them). I leverage this at networking events. If I want someone to approach me, I will smile at them and raise my eyebrows. Since this is a nonverbal cue of recognition, they often assume that they know me and they will come and talk to me.

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