The effective use of body language plays a major role in communication. Many of our internal communication training have an aspect of body language to them.
So, here are the tips for powerful body language that we have learned during the past two decades of coaching teams around the world:
To boost your confidence, make sure to assume a power pose
According to the research at the Oxford University, it shows that simply holding your body in expansive, “high-power” poses for as little as two minutes stimulates higher levels of brain power, the hormone linked to power and dominance, and lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
To increase participation, look like you’re listening
If at any point of time you want people to speak up, don’t multitask while they do. You can check out how the other participants are reacting or check your watch Instead, apart from focusing on those who are speaking by turning your head and by making eye contact and torso to face them directly. Leaning forward, nodding, and tilting your head are some other non-verbal ways to show you are engaged and paying attention. It is essential to hear people. It is just as essential to make sure they know you are listening.
To encourage collaboration, remove barriers
Physical obstructions are especially detrimental to collaborative efforts. Make sure to take up away anything that most of the time helps to blocks your view or forms a barrier between you and the rest of the team. When you are at lunch or coffee break time, be aware that you may create a barrier by holding your cup and saucer in a way that looks deliberately to block your body or distance you from any other point of time.
To connect instantly with someone, shake hands
Touch is the most powerful and primitive non-verbal clue. Touching on the arm, shoulder, or hand for as little as 1/40 of a second creates a human bond. Physical touch and warmth are established via the handshaking tradition in the studio, and this tactile contact makes a lasting and positive impression.
To stimulate good feelings, smile
A smile merely comes on slowly, crinkles the eyes, fades away slowly, and lights up the face. Most of the time, essentially smiling influences directly how other people respond to you. When you smile at someone, they almost return in smile. And, just because of the facial expressions trigger corresponding feelings, the smile you get back actually changes that person’s emotional state in a very positive way.
To show agreement, mirror expressions, and postures
When customers used to imitate your body language, it is their way of nonverbally saying that they like or agree with you. In order to build rapport and nurturing feelings of mutuality with others, you can mirror other people with intent which will be an essential part of constructing a good relation.
To learn the truth, watch people’s feet
At the time when people used to control their body language, they focus primarily on facial expressions, hand/arm gestures, and body postures. If the legs and feet are left unprepared, they are also where the truth can most often be found. Under stress, people will often display nervousness and anxiety via increased foot movements. Feet will kick out, shuffle, or fidget, in a miniaturized attempt to run away. Some of the studies also reveal that observers have greater success judging a person’s real emotional state when they can see the entire body. Most of the time, you may not sometimes required to know it, but instinctively you have been reacting to foot gestures all your life.
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