STILLWATER, Okla. – Email replies that show up a week later. Video chats full of “oops, sorry, no you go.” Ambiguous text messages. Weird punctuation you can’t make heads or tails of. How did we lose our innate capacity to understand each other?  


Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but traditional body language signals are no longer visible with most of our communication happening from behind a screen. In her book, “Digital Body Language,” author Erica Dhawan combines cutting-edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations and cultures.  


On March 8, as part of the Lunchtime Learning series co-sponsored by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Meridian Technology Center, Anna Erwin will present "Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance.”  


In this fast-paced session, Irwin will provide strategies from Dhawan’s book to turn your daily misunderstandings into a set of collectively understood laws that foster connection, insights and build trust and clarity in our ever-changing world. 


Irwin is a Human Behavior Specialist focusing on the people skills arena. She assists individuals as they master their communication and leadership skills, ensuring they become invaluable members of any team they are part of in all areas of their lives. Irwin has worked with numerous organizations across the state to improve their leadership, communication and team cohesiveness skills. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master's degree in organizational behavior from Boston University. Irwin is a Certified John Maxwell Instructor specializing in engagement, teamwork, productivity and all things leadership.  


Lunchtime Learning sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Meridian’s campus. Registration is $15 per session and includes lunch. For more information or to register for the upcoming Lunchtime Learning series, visit or contact Marcy Luter at, (405) 377-3333 ext. 297 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509. 


Meridian Technology Center has been a driver of economic development since 1975. With a mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures, Meridian offers full-time career training programs, short courses, workforce and economic development assistance and entrepreneurial support to residents from the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts. Meridian is one of 29 schools within Oklahoma’s CareerTech system.