Correctly Use Body language
What is Body Language?
The body language of those around you speaks volumes, whether at work or out with friends. More than 60% of communication is done through body language.
Body language is an unspoken aspect of communication that allows us to express our true feelings and give our messages more impact. An example of body language is simply a relaxed expression with a smile that turns into a genuine smile, with the eyes. It could also be a tilt of your head to show you think, or a straight stance to convey interest or arm and hand movements to indicate directions.
Body language is a term that refers to all nonverbal communication methods. Non-verbals refer to messages sent by people without the use of words. The body language can include facial expressions, gestures and postures as well as other signals based on movement. To communicate effectively and clearly, body language is often combined with verbal messages.
Your ability to communicate effectively is key to your success in personal and professional relationships. However, it’s your nonverbal cues (or “body language”) that speaks louder than your words. The use of nonverbal communication, such as body language, is often done instinctively and not consciously.
How to Correctly Observe Body Language
You can detect unspoken emotions and reactions by being aware of the body language of others. This is a valuable feedback form, but it can be easily overlooked if you don’t know what to look for.
Take a look at the eyes.
The most telling sign of a person’s eye behavior is their eyes. Pay attention to how someone looks at you when communicating with you. If someone is unable to make eye contact, it can be a sign of boredom, disinterest, deceit, or even disinterest. It can also indicate nervousness and submissiveness if someone looks down. To determine if someone is being friendly toward you, look out for dilation in the pupils. When cognitive effort is increased, pupils dilate. If someone is focused on something or someone they like, their pupils will dilate.
This step is related to the earlier discussion about body language in its proper context. Understanding the perspective of another person is one of the best ways you can understand their body language. You can gain a better understanding of the body language of another person by looking at their personality and their specific circumstances.
The story is told through posture.
Ever seen someone walk into a room and instantly know that they are the boss? This effect is mostly about body language. It often involves a erect posture, open gestures, and palms facing down. It is hardwired in the brain to associate power with how much space people take up. The power position of standing straight up with your shoulders back and your head forward is the best; it maximizes the space you take up. Slouching on the other side is the result of your body collapsing; it seems to take up less space, and project less power. Good posture is a sign of respect and encourages engagement.
Find the strong voice
Not always the person at the top of the table is the most powerful. Strong voices are a sign of confidence. The most confident person around a conference table is likely to have a strong voice and an expansive smile. Don’t confuse a loud voice and a strong one. It’s easy to focus on the leader of a team when you pitch an idea to them. However, the leader might have a weak personality. He or she is often dependent on others for decisions and easily influenced.
Pay close attention to their respiration.
An angry person’s face can turn red if they are upset. Rapid breathing is usually the cause of this reaction. Cortisol can start to flow when you are in fight-or flight mode. This increases blood pressure and heart rate and causes shallow breathing.
Facial Expression, Particularly the Curve of their Mouth
Although this seems obvious, it is important to pay attention to the facial expressions of your customers. Even if the customer keeps his face straight at you, most people have small expressive mouths.
Trust your gut instincts.
Do not dismiss your gut feelings. You may sense someone not being truthful or that something isn’t right. This could be a sign that there is a mismatch in verbal and nonverbal cues.
The body language refers to a variety of nonverbal signals you can use in order to convey your emotions and intentions. These signals include your posture, facial expressions and hand gestures. Understanding and interpreting body language can be a great way to spot unspoken problems or feelings. These tips will help you avoid misunderstandings and understand the true meaning of what is being communicated.