When you meet someone for the first time, what is the first thing you notice about them? Do you notice their firm handshake? Maybe what color their hair is? I know the first thing I notice is if they have a smile on their face, but what about their body language?
Body language is a great indicator of a person’s character. Body language can tell you if someone is confident and excited, or timid and shy. Excellent non-verbal skills are a must in the business world and can make or break your relationships in an instance.
To keep you on your toes and to make sure we all have those skills needed to succeed, the following are some of the biggest body language mistakes made!
One of the biggest body language mistakes people make is not making eye contact with the person they are speaking with. Making eye contact is something that I always try to do. When I make eye contact with another person while they or I are speaking, it shows that I am actively listening and generally care about what they are saying. Looking away could show them that I am not as perceptive and distracted. This shows confidence, authority, and also helps in persuasion. Lack of eye contact during a conversation usually implies deception in many cultures.
Crossing Arms Defensively
I know that I am not the only person who tends to revert back to this one. Without realizing it, we all tend to fall back into crossing our arms during a conversation. What we don’t realize is that crossing our arms shows the person we are talking to that we could be hiding something. Crossing your arms puts your hands out of view and can often make the other person uncomfortable and standoffish. When in doubt, place your hands on the table and interlock your fingers. This is always the way to not only look credible but to also show that you are accepting to what they have to say.
Keeping Your Cell Phone Out
I am worlds worst when it comes to this last one. I tend to always have my cell phone in view not because I am occupied with it, but because I never want to miss anything that could come my way. The bad news is when you have your cell phone out, people think you care more about the cell phone than what they are saying. This can makes you seem preoccupied and rude during conversations. Put the phone away. I promise it won’t make or break you during the conversation.
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Body language in the business world will make or break you. Make sure to always give people the respect you would want given to you in all situations. Body language matters! You see it, and your peers will too!
What does your Body Language say about you?! Tell me about it below!