- BODY LANGUAGE SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
Have you ever pictured yourself when you approach a colleague or a prospective client? What message do you convey the moment you meet? What are your hands and eyes saying? What might people think of you before you say a word? Regardless of your knowledge in the field, your body language is a powerful factor in the way you are being perceived.
The Following Body Language Guide Can Help You to Succeed in Effective Communication
- Genuine Smile. A genuine smile tells people around that you are credible and approachable. Do not wear a permanent or fake smile, try having a friendly expression the moment you meet someone. Make people feel special as if your smile is just for them.
- Be Authoritative. To look authoritative, stand tall, shoulders back, open hands, and feet apart. Say your first and last name when you introduce yourself. Speak in a conversational and normal tone without raising your voice at the end of a sentence like you are seeking approval.
- Be Approachable. In order to look more approachable, do not cross your arms and keep your hands out of your pockets, when standing. Avoid intimidating postures and facial expressions. When someone talks to you, lean forward.
- Pay Attention to Your Facial Expressions. Your facial expression has the power both to motivate and discourage. Thus, avoid arrogant gestures like mocking grins or eye rolling. Consider the message your face conveys.
- Be Empathic. No doubts that being in charge demands time. However, when someone speaks with you, give him/her your full attention. Being a leader means showing respect and empathy. Always think twice before speaking and learn to be patient while listening to others.
- Show Control. From time to time, everyone feels anxious, nervous, bored, unsure, or frustrated. However, it is not the reason to start taking phone calls, checking your text messages, or your watch. Turn your head to those who speak to you and try maintaining an eye contact. Reduce nervous gestures like foot tapping, fidgeting, and twirling your hair.
Verbal and nonverbal communication can be both influential when it comes to reaching certain goals. However, according to studies, nonverbal behavior conveys the most out of the message you are trying to say. Follow these simple and effective body tips to increase your nonverbal impact and succeed both in professional and personal life