6 Tips for Mastering Body Language - [website] Email Print
Published: 24th of Oct 2018 by: Shona Potgieter

When it comes to communication, there is one language we all “speak” and understand – Body Language.

You’d be surprised just how much of our communication is nonverbal - facial expressions, body posture, gestures, even eye movement… Sometimes we don’t even realise the messages we’re sending out with our body language or how we’re perceived by others, which is why it’s so important to pay extra attention to the way we carry and portray ourselves.

With this in mind, let’s take a quick look at our top six powerful body language tips to instantly help you be more confident and approachable:

1. Pay attention to Posture.
Make sure your shoulders are back and chest is open, pushed back shoulders portray courage and power. Hunched shoulders make you seem insecure.

2. Practise smiling more often.
Smiling not only makes you appear more trustworthy, it also improves your stress-levels.

3. Don’t forget about your arms and legs.
Crossing your arms makes you seem unapproachable and closed off. The same with your legs, when you cross your legs towards another person you are showing more interest than when they are crossed away in the other direction.

4. Stop Fidgeting!
This immediately portrays a lack of confidence.

5. Eye Contact.
A lack of eye contact during a conversation can seem dishonest, or insecure. When you make eye contact with your peers you immediately seem more confident; and it’s also a great way of showing others that you are listening and paying attention.

6. Gestures.
It can look quite unnatural to have your arms merely hanging at the side of your body while communicating, and you won’t just look unnatural and uncomfortable - you’ll feel it too! Use your hands while speaking - be engaged with the conversation and your body.

The next time you walk into a room, pay attention to what you are doing with your body… Are you standing up straight? Are your arms crossed? Shoulders hunched? Sure, you might speak confidently and you can prepare a fantastic speech, but remember… Actions speak louder than words.

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