POSITIVE BODY LANGUAGE
Body language is the process of communicating nonverbally through body movements and gestures. Body language is of utmost importance in this highly competitive world. The corporate sector values good body language a lot and any sign of bad body language can break deals, even leading to loss of network for people.
How you communicate with your body is important because research shows that 60% to 90% of communication is nonverbal. To many, body language is considered the most important aspect of communication as it sends signals to how we are truly feeling. In general, body language is controlled by our subconscious mind and is not always in accordance with what we are saying. Perceptive individuals will be able to pick up on the differences between what you are saying with your words and what your body is saying with its movements and deduce how you really feel. To make sure you are conveying your thoughts and opinions about how you want, practice your body language so that your movements match your words.
Positive body language is defined as these nonverbal movements and gestures that are communicating interest, enthusiasm, and positive reactions to what someone else is saying. An old adage says “Actions speak louder than words". Our body posture, along with its movements and placement of different body parts, play an important role in letting out our feelings and emotions, even if we don’t display the emotions voluntarily.
Indeed positive body language is vital for attracting success, hence here are some key tips to follow to keep your body language positive:
· Posture: Keep a relaxed posture whether you are sitting or standing. Keep your back straight but not stiff and let those shoulders relax. This will reinforce the idea that you feel comfortable with your surroundings.
· Lean: Leaning in slightly when someone is speaking demonstrates that you are actively listening while leaning away signals that you are disinterested or hostile to the situation.
· Arms: Crossing your arms is the visual clue that you are turned off by what is going on around you. Practice hanging your arms comfortably at your side or bringing your hands together in your lap to show others that you are open to what they are communicating.
· Handshake: The handshake is one of the most important nonverbal communication cues because it can set the mood for the entire conversation. A firm handshake will give you instant credibility while a weak handshake will make you appear fragile. Take care not to crush the other person’s hand though. Giving someone a death grip will signal to them that you are a bully or overcompensating for something.
· Hands: Talking with your hands is an easy way to incorporate gestures into your conversation but be careful not to make it a dance party. Emphasizing words with your hands can lead you to appear more credible and assured.
· Affirmative movements: You can show empathy with simple actions of agreement like nodding your head or smiling. These actions let people know that you are on their side and that you can identify with their plight. You can even use laughter when appropriate.
· Eye contact: Keep your head up and look the person who you are having a conversation within the eyes when they are talking to you and when you are talking to them. There is no need to stare them down and remember to blink and look away occasionally. Good eye contact lets others know that you are interested in the conversation.
(Content writer at Aircrews Aviation Private Limited)
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