Body language is very important in judging one’s nature and can reveal quite accurately what’s going on inside us. According to Edward T. Hall, it is estimated that less than 35% information is conveyed through verbal communication. This means that more than 65% information is conveyed through non-verbal communication (body language) alone. Our body has the ability to talk with the help of eye contact, facial expression, gestures, movements, and postures.
Avoid body language blunders to improve your personality
Body language impacts our communication skills. Sometimes, this reflects something different to what we say. Correct body language is very important for effective communication. Here are ten mistakes that you should avoid that include your gestures, movement, posture and facial expression:
Looking Up, down or looking around
Looking up associates with thinking. Some people also associate this with lying. Looking down means that the person is not comfortable or feeling guilty about something. If the person is looking around, it means the person is not interested in your talks. When someone is talking to you, you must look into his eyes and this is termed as a good body language.
Checking your phone or your watch
Many people are habitual of checking time continuously. Checking your phone or your watch too much shows that you are in a hurry to go somewhere else. Don’t check the time when you are with someone important to you.
Leaning back too much
Leaning back is a sign of feeling boredom. People associate this kind of behavior to your laziness and arrogance. Being lazy at workplace and meetings can be troublesome to you.
Leaning forward too much
You must lean forward to show interest in the person’s talks. But, leaning too much can be problematic to you as it shows that you want to intimidate with the person. When you want to learn, try to lean moving your back but not your bottom.
Lack of eye contact or blinking your eyes too soon
Leading psychiatrists found that lack of eye contact shows nervousness, deceitfulness or insecurity. However, many times we forget to have an eye contact and lose the trust of the person talking to us. Having an eye contact is very important for each and every one to have other’s confidence in you.
Fidgeting with small objects
People start fidgeting with small objects like pen, paper etc. in front of people when they are under some pressure. This habit makes them appear nervous, insecure, uncomfortable, or defensive to other people. Always try to project composure, confidence, preparedness, and calm under pressure by minimizing fidgeting.
No smile or Faking a smile
When you communicate with people or during the interview process, people forget to smile or some people fake a smile and lose others to have a positive impression of you. So, it is very important to have confidence and project an original and normal behavior in front of others.
Foot tapping is a very awkward habit. This is a sign of impatience or anxiety and repetitive leg shakes can be irritating to others. Students waiting to give exams or passengers in waiting rooms to board a train or flight usually tap their foot because of the anxiety.
Crossed arms make you appear defensive or uncomfortable. It gives a negative message and you appear closed off. You should keep your arms apart to be looked as organized.
Scratching your head
Scratching your head can be seen as a sign of frustration or anxiety. If you have to complete a lot of work in a time constraint, you scratch your head or rub your nose or scratch your hand. You can see a lot of students in the examination hall scratching their back of the head to remember the answer to the question.
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