Having effective communication skills has evolved into a sort of a requirement to win in life. When it comes to communication, truly action speaks louder than words. In fact, according to Professor Mehrabian, communication comprises 7% verbal cues and 93% non-verbal cues. The non-verbal component was made up of body language which is 55% and tone of voice with 38%.
Body language is one of the most important factors in communication. These are a set of non-verbal signs that you communicate to others. Your body language is also the signal that indicates how others should perceive you and treat you. Discover the nonverbal communication secrets that you should be aware of in order to skyrocket your success.
When you talk to someone, avoid displaying closed body language such as crossing your arms. Closed body language is associated with nervousness, fear, and lack of confidence. On a subconscious level, the person that you are talking to will pick up on that. Here’s what you should do instead:
The simple act of nodding has profound effects on your confidence. Research shows that nodding increases your likeability and approachability towards others (Takayuki Osugi, Jun I. Kawahara, 2017). Nodding also communicates a sign of certitude, which is an apple to the pie of persuasive communication.
Here’s a pro tip:
A study conducted in the field of Cognitive Psychology has proven that hand gestures promote better understanding (Kang, S., and Tversky, B., 2016).
It’s simple, follow these rules:
“There’s something in the way you look at me.” If you’re familiar with this phrase, then we can’t stress how important eye contact is when it comes to projecting confidence in all kinds of human interaction subject to cultural norms. Eyes set the tone of your conversation. People who hold strong eye contact tend to appear more competent and reliable especially in Western cultures. This also exudes a high level of confidence.
Your lips say a lot about you. Some lip movements may connote a negative signal to the other person. An example for this is puckering your lips to the side while listening to a person.
When you feel like you don’t look your best, you’re more likely to display body language that denotes a lack of confidence. If you are feeling insecure and uncomfortable with what you wear, you’ll manifest it on a subconscious level, making you exhibit “slack” mannerisms without even realizing it.
Knowledge is not power until you apply it. Good luck applying some of these tips and bolstering your body language appeal.
“Your body language shows what kind of person you are.” - Antony Alex