People use gestures and body movements as they talk. Some use more while some are comfortable with a limited usage. The idea of body language is to make people understand what you want to say, as you feel it. Your body is a medium of communication which is as important as the words you use to talk. It creates impressions about our personality that will be a major factor in de-coding what kind of people we are and create interpersonal relations.
Let us look at the common body language mistakes we do, that could be easily avoided
Your body language may shape who you are, here are few tips to shape your body- language:
- Eye Contact– Many people do not realise the importance of an eye contact. It is one of the first things that are noticed in a person. A strong eye contact gives the impression of a confident person and that you are interested in the conversation. This increases the chances of reciprocation on both ends of the conversation.
- Fidgeting- Fidgeting is a result of nervousness and a sign of impatience and. restlessness. Fidgeting while someone else is talking or trying to explain something create a feeling of tension in the atmosphere. It gives the impression that your mind is elsewhere and you are not giving your 100% right then. To avoid fidgeting, refrain from any kinds of caffeine before a speech or an interview, and train yourself mentally that you have to stay serious, and keep your possible distractions at bay.
- Hand Shake– A firm hand shake is appreciated. It is one of the most overlooked advances that a firm hand shake is important, as it conveys your grit and confidence as a person. It is also a sign of health.
- Hands and Shoulders- Crossing your arms while speaking says that you are either scared or secretive. Let go of your tensions. If you already know what you can and cannot speak about, just take a deep breath and say what you want to say confidently. Another way to judge a person’s interest is by looking at their body posture. Slouching your shoulders gives off an impression of shrugging. This way people speaking to you won’t trust or confide in you because they feel you aren’t interested, and if you are the speaker, it is very distracting to concentrate on your speech.
Slouching usually happens if you are too conscious and somehow overwhelmed. Give yourself a break and let go of your apprehensions. If anything does not work out once, you can always try again!