10 Body Language Mistakes to Avoid
Nonverbal communication is the unspoken language of business, interpersonal relationships, and human interactions. In a nutshell, non-verbal messages explain how and why people behave the way they do without words.
In addition to being important in day-to-day business situations, non verbal communication is used as a tool to improve communication effectiveness during interpersonal interactions, negotiation, and other social situations.
Body language is a form of non-verbal communication and is used to convey, amongst other things, attitudes, feelings, motivations, and intentions. In business, it is also used to display leadership qualities and to promote team spirit.
Body Language is a relatively neglected subject until now. However, if you take a closer look at it, you will find that it can help in communication, not just with women but with anyone you want to communicate with.
In this article, we will look at some common body language mistakes you can avoid!
1) Crossed leg/arms:
Some experts advise concluding a meeting or conversation if you notice one or more people slouch back and cross their arms because this is such a blatant sign of disinterest. Legs crossed may also be a warning indicator.
2) Not communicating that you are listening:
Whether it occurs in real life or on screen: failing to make eye contact conveys a lack of concern for others. “Show” that you’re paying attention.
Nod your head and maintain steady eye contact.
3) Too much direct eye contact:
Not looking someone in the eyes can give the impression that you are being dishonest, yet staring them down too long usually indicates hostility. Hold their gaze for just a second or two at a time, but do it frequently to evoke comfort and trust.
4) Observing oneself on video calls:
When video conferencing, it’s imperative to stare towards the camera rather than at yourself, at least remotely. When you glance up, your posture as a whole becomes more pronounced and the discussion you are having with the other person becomes more interesting.
5) Touching one’s face:
Another action that is subconsciously regarded as a sign of deceit — or resistance, if you’re listening rather than speaking — is touching your face, particularly your nose and mouth.
6) Adopting a stubborn pose:
Forgetting to use subtle mirroring gestures could indicate a lack of interest in the subject. This is frequently demonstrated by the person turning their shoulders away from the person speaking to them. So, try to relax and do not adopt a rigid pose.
If you’re continually fidgeting with your hair or bouncing your leg, you’re sending the message that you’re uncomfortable or bored. Don’t do it at all!
8) Dropping your head:
When speaking, avoid dropping your head and hunching your shoulders. Maintaining eye contact is also ensured by keeping your head up during the conversation. As a result, discussions remain lively and sessions remain productive.
9) Patting your legs:
This is a significant act of self-comfort that will convey how uneasy you are. Avoid doing it! Otherwise, you might look nervous in front of others.
Although it might seem unimportant, this one is not. Not to yawn. You come across as being worn out, disconnected, and uninterested.
Were you making any of these mistakes?
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