Your Body Speaks – Body Language at Work Says A Lot!
It’s time to take a good look back at positive body language at the workplace and how loudly it talks as the globe returns to a more usual, pre-pandemic state and we are “together again.”
During a discussion, our body unconsciously communicates hundreds of signals.
This is a communication powerhouse at work.
You must consciously present your physical self if you want to convey to your coworkers that you have a hopeful, healthy, and optimistic attitude toward both them and your work. It is also proven that strategic executive leadership training improves body language significantly.
Here are some tips that could assist you in achieving that objective:
- Want to be regarded as someone who genuinely pays attention to others? Establish eye contact:
It appears simple and unquestionably crucial to make eye contact for active listening. Remember that making eye contact shows someone you are paying attention and value what they have to say. Although it’s understandable to want to turn your head, it’s beneficial to practise. Put it into daily practice & regular leadership training and see how your relationships change.
If you find it difficult to keep your gaze fixed on someone, try keeping eye contact for a few seconds, then softly averting your gaze before trying again. One thing to avoid is making eye contact the entire time you’re talking. But the staredown will appear artificial and forced.
Eye rolling is a NO DON’T DO IT for every event or relationship, and it goes without saying that it is a negative in just about any circumstance.
- Want to come off as assured? Keep a straight stance:
Individuals are often shocked to discover how much their posture conveys. When you need to exude confidence and attentiveness, it has a huge influence.
Straighten your back, sit up straight, and stand tall. Consider the impression you make during a meeting when you have sagging shoulders or your hand supports your tired-looking head. You can come across as lazy and indifferent. Also, it could appear that you are contemptuous of the other person or persons that are a part of the interaction.
- Want them to remain attentive? Be mindful of your hand motions:
Your movements with your hands or feet can cause people to become distracted. For instance, excessive fidgeting with a pen can indicate to others that you are not fully present. Overdoing the use of your hands to emphasize what you are saying might be detrimental. If you tap your toes excessively, others can assume that you are having fun somewhere else in your head. 🙂
Of course, everyone understands that crossing one’s arms denotes a defensive or positional attitude. Research informs us that the common arm-crossed posture may inhibit our ability to be creative, innovative, and problem-solve.
Try it. Try sitting down without tapping, clicking, waving, or crossing your arms. When you practice, you will at the very least become much more conscious of your ingrained behaviors.
- Want to get more people’s trust? Give them some privacy:
Too close of an approach might be perceived as forceful and intimidating, in addition to being completely awkward and unsuitable. Of course, the reverse is also possible. Being too far away from someone during a conversation can suggest that you are not interested in that person; you come across as uninterested.
Striking the perfect balance and respecting your coworkers’ privacy will make sure that others feel at ease around you.
It can help you be viewed appropriately if you take the time to consider how you physically present yourself during interactions at work.
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