Body Language Secrets of Successful People!
Often, actions speak louder than words and can tell others a lot about your attitude. Therefore, good body language is essential for a successful professional life! After all, you do not want your boss to think you are uninterested in what she is saying because you fail to give her eye contact or spend most meetings slouching in your seat, staring at the ceiling. You want people to see you as positive about your work, always ready to go into it giving it your all. In this post, we will look at several signals you might be giving off with your body and why you may be either hurting your career or helping it.
1. Successful people never slouch.
Not only is slouching bad posture that can be potentially physically detrimental to you over time, it can also be seen as highly disrespectful. When you slouch in your chair at your desk or in meetings, you signal to others that you are not engaged with what you are doing and are uninterested in what others have to say. Essentially, if you are slouching, etc., it is telling your boss that you do not want to listen to her.
Instead of slouching, sit and stand up straight. It maximizes the amount of space you take up, giving off an aura of confidence and enthusiasm, whereas slouching distorts your form, and makes you appear smaller, disengaged, and insecure. On the other hand, never exaggerate your gestures, or people might get the wrong idea. Further, although you should ensure that your body language never gives off a feeling of indifference on your end, you should also never force gestures, as such actions might lead some people to believe that you are not being genuine or that you are lying in some way. Instead, be natural and aim for small, controlled gestures that show a sense of both confidence and ease.
2. Keep your eyes off the clock and stay focused on your work or the person to whom you are speaking.
When in a conversation with a coworker, maintain eye contact and never look around for the clock in hope of keeping track of the time. Such actions are disrespectful, and you might come across as someone who feels as though you have much better things to do with your time. This is also true when you are working at your desk; keep your eyes on your work or computer screen. If always seem as though you just want to get out of there as soon as possible, you show that you lack dedication to your job, which can hurt you if you ever hope to be promoted in the future.
3. Look people in the eye!
Never turn away from others when speaking to them. Stay as close as possible! When you are conversing with somebody else, show your full engagement by remaining as close to the person as possible and not turning away. Turning away can indicate a number of things and can make it look like you are disinterested, uncomfortable, or distrustful.
If you never look a co-worker, peer, or partner in the eye, people might assume a number of things: that you are disinterested, that you are self-conscious, or that you are distrustful. On the other hand, overly intense eye contact can be problematic in many settings. It could come off as aggressive. Additionally, as you might imagine, rolling your eyes is a definite no. You got in trouble for it with your parents and at school; you will certainly get a stern talking-to if you try it at work. It is a sign of disrespect. Just don’t do it!
4. Refrain from crossing your arms.
Crossed arms present a barrier that tell others that you are not interested in opening up to them. You might come off as not open, intimidating, or somewhat imposing. This might not be true, of course; perhaps crossing your arms in a habit to which you pay little attention. Even so, it is worth being more aware of it in social situations.
5. Don’t fidget.
Fidgeting reveals that your mind may be elsewhere. Like arm crossing, fidgeting may be a bad habit that does not mean much to you but that may lead others to think negatively about their interactions with you. When you fidget with your hair, your watch, or anything else on your person, you project yourself as someone who is overly anxious, self-conscious, or distracted. If you want to be in a place of power, you have to be aware of what your hands are doing at all times. Otherwise, people may wonder if you are focused on your career enough to be in any high position.
6. Have a good handshake!
Shake hands with reasonable strength! When somebody offers their hand and you offer a weak shake in return, you signal a lack of authority or confidence. At the same time, do not be too aggressive, as this might come across as an attempt to dominate. Instead, aim for a balanced firm but gentle handshake. It may take some practice to perfect, but it worth it!
7. Never scowl!
Be aware of your facial expressions! If you regularly scowl, people might assume that you do not want to be around them. This is not something you want to be known for if you want to maintain healthy relationships with your coworkers.
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