It doesn’t matter if you’re in a meeting, interviewing a prospective employee, or doing a presentation, when communicating with others, your body language can say more than you know. Do you know what your body language is saying about you? You should always be mindful of what you are communicating physically (with your body and with your mouth). Your mouth can say one thing and your body can say another and you need to be cognizant of these two working together. Know what to say, how to say, when to say, and where you say it. It’s is a major part of creating an effective communication style so you be understood. Your facial expressions, slumped shoulders, walking with your head down are signs that there are confidence issues. Your physical body language can tell how you are feeling inside. These tips below can help you communicate better in your workplace.
- Facial Expressions
Don’t – frown, roll eyes, twist nose.
Do – Keep a straight face, show interest in what they are saying, respect others words.
- Body Language
Don’t – slump shoulders, speak with head down(it can say a lot about how you are feeling).
Do – keep your head up, shoulders straight, and stand tall.
Don’t – clasped hands for an extended period.
Do – Use hands to express/explain something(make something clear can be an effective way to get your point across to someone else), just don’t overdo it.
Susan Goldin- Meadow and her colleagues did a study at University of Chicago, and found that gesturing while you speak won’t only aid in your thought processes, it will also help you make a good impression and help your audience to remember what you said.
Don’t –Talk loud or ramble
Do – Speak with a good clear tone and pace
When speaking, speak strong, use a good vocal tone, fluctuate your tone when needed and pace what you say. There is no need to rush when you are speaking, because you want to be understood and you want others to understand you.
“Behave as if you feel happy and confident and it’s likely you will actually start to feel more happy and confident”.