Using the correct body language or nonverbal communication can be an asset to your career advancement. It can help you influence and create connections with your employees, develop business relationships, and present your ideas with more impact. With the knowledge you gained from Walsh College, coupled with using body language to project confidence, leadership and credibility, you will be a business powerhouse.
Power stance –To project power, status, and confidence, use your height and take up space. Give yourself height by standing straight with your shoulders back. Be sure to hold your head high. Take up space by widening your stance: line your feet up to the width of your shoulders. Use your power stance when presenting ideas to your team. Don’t be afraid to move around the room. If you are short like I am, the additional space you take up when walking around will add to your commanding presence.
Power in the hands –There is so much power in your hands. When sitting at your desk, place the middle of your forearm against the edge of the desk with your palms open. This will help when trying to connect with your employees. Open palms usually have a positive effect on people. It’s effective in making amends or closing a sale. Combined with outstretched arms, it communicates acceptance, openness, and trustworthiness.
Gesturing with your hands takes up space, signaling confidence and focusing your speech. Talking with your hands also prevents you from crossing your arms, which is perceived as defensive. Hands in your pockets indicate unwillingness, mistrust and reluctance.
When you want to project conviction and sincerity about a point you are making, try touching your fingertips with your palms separated.
Power in the smile –The human brain prefers happy faces, and we can spot a smile at 300 feet – the length of a football field (Retrieved at http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolkinseygoman/2013/08/21/12-body-language-tips-for-career-success/). Smiling tells those around you that you are approachable and trustworthy. Smiling directly influences how other people respond to you. When you smile at someone, they will smile in return. And because facial expressions trigger corresponding feelings, the smile you get back actually changes that person’s emotional state in a positive way.
When properly used, body language can be your key to greater success. Practice these body language tips in front of the mirror. Use these tips at your next meeting, networking event or at Oktoberfest.
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