Five Body Language Tips for Success
Have you ever been attracted to someone who when walks boost up energy in yourself. Well that is the body language of that person that is attracting you to do more.
Body language is a primary factor in making a strong first impression. The aim is to be perceived as relaxed, confident, and comfortable.
Here are five specific techniques you can implement, starting today, to take your professionalism to the next level.
Mind your tone
You need not have a loud tone to get work done or have command on people. People who put out the right kind of sounds — below the range of conscious human hearing – become the leaders of most groups. Simply put, lower, richer tones are more pleasing to us than higher ones. Want a quick fix? Take a deep breath before speaking so you nervously don’t let out anything too high-pitched. A thin, nasal voice is less appealing to us than a rich, resonant one.
Smile with purpose
When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. Smiling too frequently might give off the wrong impression. Smile with purpose. Leaders might want to dial down their display of happiness so they don’t seem exploitable or ineffective.
Take on a powerful pose
According to research, standing or sitting a certain way triggers immediate changes in your body chemistry. This not only makes you appear more confident, but it can also make you more or less successful with how you do your job and how others respond to you.
Make Eye Contact, But Not Too Much
There is such a thing as too much eye contact. You don’t want to be rude, but you also want to look like you care. So what’s the right balance? As a general rule, direct eye contact 30-60% of the time during a conversation should make for a comfortable, productive atmosphere. Always make sure to use more eye contact when you are listening than when you are speaking.
Use Your Hands to Improve Speech
If you want to get your point across more effectively, try incorporating some hand gestures while you speak. Speech-associated gestures have been found to improve listener comprehension, suggesting that they are meaningful to listeners. Not only will talking with your hands help you remember more, it also keeps the listener engaged.