Must Know Body Language Tips
Do you know you are communicating with the people around you right now? The way you walk, stand and sit all sends signals to the people around you - often without even knowing about it. Stop picking your nose.
Body language expert, Scott Rouse, recently shared invaluable information about how we often portray ourselves in a nasty light by not considering our “resting face”. We can’t sit and smile all day, that would look weird. Instead, Rouse writes, “When you’re in public, always have a relaxed, pleasant look on your face.” You can learn more from his post, The Body Language Key To Improving Your Networking Game.
Body Language Tips for Better Networking
Don’t Cross Your Arms - When you hold your arms crossed you are closing yourself off to people. A person who would otherwise come over and introduce themselves will become standoffish. Unless you’re absolutely freezing, avoid crossing your arms.
Point Those Toes - When you are speaking with another person be sure to point your feet towards them. When your toes are pointing to the left or right of the person you are sending the signal that you would rather be somewhere else.
Firm Handshakes Count - When you shake with a limp hand you appear to lack confidence. Always shake with a firm handshake but not too firm. Crushing someone’s hand has the exact opposite effect of a weak handshake, you will come off as too aggressive.
Smile - A smile goes a long way even when you aren’t speaking to someone in the same room. Smile when you converse on the phone and in-person. Smiling is also contagious. Like the old saying goes, “Smile and the whole world smiles with you.”
Look in the Eyes - Ah, the windows of the soul. Always look at someone in the eyes when you speak with them. Don’t stare too intently but be sure you are giving them your undivided attention. Treat them like they are the only person in the room. Avoid looking over their shoulders at who else is in the room, and put your darn phone away.
There are many body language tips and studies out there. Remembering a handful of the most important tips will make you come across as a friendlier person. The world needs more friendly people, wouldn’t you agree?
What are some body language tips you know? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.