Has someone ever told you one thing but you got the feeling that they meant something else entirely? It is a guaranteed fact that it has happened to a vast majority of us. Body language speaks volumes and when it is not in sync with the words that you are actually speaking, it can cause as much trouble as if you had just gone right ahead and spoken exactly what was on your mind.
With this in mind, how can you get your body language to work in sync? Especially at work where it could be the difference between moving forward or being stagnated. One step is to be aware of the mistakes that you are making and that being said, we hope these tips help;
Don’t Make The Other Person feel Like They Are Boring You:
Imagine how you would feel if you told a joke and no one laughed, now keep that feeling in mind and the next time someone is speaking to you at work and you feel tempted to check your wristwatch, roll your eyes, look everywhere else but at them and consistently yawn, curb that need. It make’s you appear closed off from the other person’s perspective, so instead you should try making and keeping eye contact for as long as it is necessary.
Don’t Be Overly Appeasing:
That constant nodding at every view-point raised is not making you loved in the workplace. If you keep nodding before a point is even completely framed and at everything, you may be signifying that you do not actually have a stand. It is better to keep your head still or slightly tilted as you listen carefully and actually signify what you agree with, that way your agreement is more unique.
Don’t Project an Imposing Demeanor:
You may think the tough man or woman pose will keep people from disturbing you, well you may be right but it will also stop them from approaching you and severely limit office relationships. For this simple reason, you should try and avoid clenched fists, intense eye contact, and angry looks, all undesirable body language. Instead try smiling openly and at appropriate times.
Don’t Employ Exaggerated Gestures:
Gesturing is a good way to involve people in a conversation, but try your best to reel them in and be in control of the gestures. Flailing arms and other similar gestures can invade other people’s personal space. Amplifying mannerisms could also portray you as someone who inflates the truth and is possibly frenzied, ‘declutter’ your movement.
It is as simple as it is short, hunching over makes you appear less professional, small, powerless and exhausted. Sit upright without appearing rigid, it projects confidence while ensuring that you fill your own personal space.