Wikipedia says “Body language is a type of non-verbal communication in which physical behavior, as opposed to words, are used to express or convey information. Such behavior includes facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space.”
Your body language may vary in different situation, with different people, with different audience but some basics remain generally the same.
- Eye contact shows confidence- When you make an eye contact with the other person while talking or giving a speech, the other person feels important and it also shows your confidence. At the same time, too much of eye contact is not advisable. So you should know how long to maintain eye contact so that it is comfortable for both the speaker and the listener. And no staring at all.
- A firm handshake- A handshake helps in developing a connection between the two persons. Handshakes are of different types and show your personality and thus it becomes really important to take care of your handshake. A perfect handshake that is neither too bendy nor too forceful is considered appropriate.
- Smile and the world smiles with you- Smiling makes you feel relaxed and light and also conveys confidence and friendliness.
- Give space to the other person- Allow the other person to have his/her personal space. If you stand too close to the other person, he/she may not feel comfortable in talking to you.
- Use your hands with confidence- Another thing that adds to a powerful body language is your hand movement. The more freely you would use hand movements, the more confident you would be. It also helps to give stress on your points. However too much of hand movements can also be a means of distraction. Use your hands in a controlled manner. Putting your hands behind your back or in the pocket should be strictly avoided.
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