Our Body Language Says So Much More Than Our Words

Our body language is sooo important…

Did you know that our spoken words account for only 7% of the communication impact we have on others?  …only 7%!

A Communications Professor at UCLA determined that the other two channels of communication, vocal variation and body language, account for the remaining 93%.   WOW!

Here’s a related article I thought was important to share…

Body Language: 12 Quick Tips

March 20, 2012 Will Edwards

Will Edwards

Your body language says a lot about you. If I see you walking with your head held high, chest out and eyes forward then I will think that you are a confident person (or feeling confident in that moment of time).

If I see you walking with your head down, hands in your pocket and eyes focused on the ground then I will have no option but to assume that you are not very confident. It might be an unfair way to judge a person but this just goes to show how important it is to improve your body language.

The great thing about body language is that you can fake it and no one will be any the wiser. After practising these tips for a while, you will find that you start do them naturally.

Note: Check out The Definitive Book of Body Language. It is very useful when it comes up improving your body language.

1. Awareness

The first step in improving your body language is to become aware of your actions. If you are not aware, you will not know what can be improved upon.

Pay attention to everything you do, when you do it and why you do it. For example, you might not notice that you scratch your neck when talking about a topic you are uncomfortable with. This is why knowing what your actions are is half the battle.

2. Look Directly at Others

When walking pass strangers and co-workers or even when introduced to someone new, are you able to hold eye contact?

Your eyes are one of the most biggest indicators of self confidence. Looking others directly in the eye will show them that you are comfortable in your own skin and not easily intimidated.

If you have trouble looking someone in the eye, focus on the point between their eyebrows, they will never know the difference.

Remember not to stare either, the last thing you want to do is come across as creepy.

3. Hold Your Head up High

Hold your head up high, not so high that you are looking at the sky, but rather high enough to look straight ahead.

People who walk with their heads down don’t want others to look at them, as if they have something to hide. I’m sure you have nothing to hide, so hold your head up high.

4. Take up Some Space

You might think that it is rude to take up space, but it really isn’t. It shows that you are comfortable in your own skin. Standing or sitting with your legs apart is what confident people do, so start doing it.

5. Don’t Cross Your Arms or Legs

Crossing your arms or legs indicates that you are defensive or negative. No one will want to talk to you because you are giving off the impression that you are in a bad mood and don’t want to be disturbed.

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Do yourself a favor and read the rest of this article!

Remember those Networking Meetings we talked about recently?  You can apply many of these tips at your next gathering!

Click Here to read Networking Meeting post.

How has being aware of your body language effected your personal and/or professional life?  Make a comment here and let us know!

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