Most of us are accustomed to preparing for the interviews by practicing our answers to some of the common interview questions. Furthermore, the part of the verbal communication is also significantly dependent on non-verbal cues, often referred to generally as elements of body language.
Answering questions and without hesitation shows that you are prepared, confident, and most likely a good candidate for the position. This even applies to your everyday life as well as to more formal situations like networking events or job interviews.
So, here we are, the Four Elements of Body Language:
Moreover, the first interaction you have with someone in a professional context is a handshake. It is essential to leave a good first impression, so you should practice your handshake a few times with another person for feedback. One mistake which you can make is turning your wrist to position your hand over someone else hand.
Make sure to turn your wrist so that your hand is on the top implies that you may be dominating or aggressive, which is not the impression you should try to make. Moreover, a handshake can sometimes be too hard, too soft, or too long. Seconds are too enough, but in most cases which tries to mirror what the person you are meeting is doing is probably your best bet.
What is the differentiate between both the extrovert mathematician and an introvert mathematician? An introverted mathematician looks at his shoes when he is talking to you. An extrovert mathematician looks at your shoes.
Well, put the jokes aside; avoiding eye contact can be another pitfall. If you are unable to make eye contact or make sure to maintain it, you may even come across to another person as unconfident or dishonest. Instead, you should try to look your conversation partner in the face, which makes eye contact frequently. This can be overdone, so if you feel like you are staring, it is probably good to break your gaze for a short amount of time.
Body posture and positioning
The essential element of the body gesture and positioning for conveying confidence is to stand or sit up straight, but there are other more subtle cues. Moreover, when we are less confident, people tend to fidget in a wide range of ways. Avoid playing with a pen, your hair, or otherwise occupying your hands at the time of the conversation.
Your hands most of time should be used for small gestures to augment your conversation but no more. Avoid crossing your arms, as well as this comes across the defensive; it is almost like you are building a wall between yourself and the person with whom you are speaking. Moreover, keep your feet planted flat on the floor – so make sure to avoid clicking your foot or swaying back and forth.
To convey confidence with your voice, so make sure not to speak too softly or quickly, so pay special attention to your pace and volume. The natural conversation usually most of the time varies in tone and pitch from time to time, so make sure that you don’t drone on for too long in a monotone.
It may sound like a lot, but you are probably already following most of these steps, particularly when you are in relaxed settings with friends or family. By being conscious of your elements of body language, you will be able to convey confidence in any persona, scenario, or professional.
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